Competition watchdog considers legal steps over press takeover verdict

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Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK)) is considering further legal steps after a court suspended its approval of the takeover of a regional press publisher by state-owned fuel firm PKN Orlen.

In a statement on Tuesday, UOKiK said it may challenge the verdict on the grounds it violated Orlen’s commercial rights.

On April 8, an anti-monopoly court suspended the execution of UOKiK's permission for Orlen to acquire the formerly German-owned Polska Press publisher.

The ruling followed a motion by Adam Bodnar, the national ombudsman, who asked for a waiver of UOKiK's permit, arguing that as a state company, Orlen could use its ownership of Polska Press to put the publishing house under political pressure.