Deutsche Bahn Proposes Remedies to Settle EU Antitrust Probe

Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany’s state-owned railway, proposed remedies in a bid to settle a European Union antitrust probe into prices a unit charges for power used by trains.

The European Commission last year opened a formal probe into Deutsche Bahn’s DB Energie unit, the only supplier of traction current in Germany, and whether it offers discounts that may inflate prices for Deutsche Bahn rivals, putting them possibly at a “competitive disadvantage.” The Brussels-based EU regulator is now testing the company’s proposed settlement commitments with rivals and interested parties, according to an EU filing today.

The EU watchdog in 2011 raided Deutsche Bahn’s offices to check allegations that DB Energie was favoring the group’s rail-freight arm over others. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia has said enforcement must give potential competitors in industries dominated by ex-state monopolies “the opportunity to launch their own services and compete effectively.”

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