The Federal Antimonopoly Service has imposed a turnover fine of 1.3 billion rubles on the Booking.com aggregator (Booking.com B.V., Netherlands) for abuse of a dominant position in the Russian market of hotel aggregators. The press service of the department reported: - "The company imposed on hotels and hostels the terms of an agreement on the need to provide and comply with the parity of prices and rooms, as well as the terms of interaction with closed user groups," the department said, explaining that for hotels this meant that they could not set a price on their services in other sales channels is lower than on the aggregator.
According to the department, such actions restrict competition in the market and lead to infringement of the interests of hotels. At the same time, until this moment, the Dutch company did not fulfil the FAS order. The punishment for this violation is provided for in Part 2 of Art. 14.31 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (abuse of a dominant position in the commodity market).
In early February, Booking.com B.V. filed a lawsuit with the Moscow Arbitration Court to recognize the decision of the FAS, which obliged the aggregator to exclude the clause on providing the best price from agreements with Russian companies as illegal.
The Moscow Arbitration Court confirmed the legality of the conclusions of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia, which recognized Booking.com as a violator of the antimonopoly law, and dismissed the company's claim, RIA Novosti writes. The information was confirmed to the agency by the participants of the meeting.