The NCA has confirmed unannounced inspections at the premises of several undertakings operating in the construction industry in the course of February 2018. The inspections were carried out on the basis of a reasonable suspicion that these undertakings may have coordinated their participation in and submission of bids in public tenders, in particular in the years 2014 and 2015.

Bid rigging is considered as one of the most serious forms of competition law infringement. If proven guilty, the undertakings at hand may face fines of up to 10% of their respective groups' turnover in the preceding accounting period.