Anti-trust proceedings instigated by the Consumer and Competition Protection Office (UOKiK) against cement companies are taking longer than initially planned. According to unofficial sources, the conclusion of the investigation has been postponed to 2 March 2008 (it started in spring 2006).
"In theory, proceedings should be over in six months, but conspiracies are very hard to prove. It is not uncommon for the investigation to take this long. More so, as we have collected a lot of evidence," said Aneta Styrnik of the UOKiK press bureau.
Among the accused are such companies as LafargeCement, Gorazdze Cement, Grupa Ozarow, Cementownia Nowa Huta, Cementowania Odra, Cemex Polska, Cementownia Nowiny and Cementownia Warta. Cement companies have a bad history: in 2006, European cement corporations such as Lafarge and Readmix were prosecuted for international price collusion.