According to the head of the Kiev regional branch of the Antimonopoly Committee, Alexei Khmelnitsky, in the case of a significant rise in price of products in Kiev, both shops and suppliers are featured.
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine) opened a case on the fact of price hike in Kiev in quarantine due to coronavirus infection. This was announced on Facebook March 26 by the head of the Kiev regional territorial branch of the AMCU Alexei Khmelnitsky.
“Today, the Kiev regional territorial branch of the AMCU opened a case against suppliers (wholesalers) of food and the largest food chain stores in Kiev. The reason for the committee’s intervention was a significant increase in prices in recent days. The price monitoring introduced by the AMCU shows that prices for certain products and personal protective equipment rose simultaneously in different trading networks, which may indicate anticompetitive behavior of market participants – both suppliers and discord trade, or both of these links at the same time, “he wrote.
Khmelnitsky noted that the specialists of his department have been monitoring the cost of goods in stores for a week.
He also named 25 companies that appear in the case – 10 supermarket chains and 15 supplier companies.
“In the event that violations of the law on the protection of economic competition are detected, the Antimonopoly Committee may impose fines of up to 10% of the company’s turnover for the previous year,” Khmelnitsky warned.
March 25, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko said that he complained to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine about the rise in price of food in the context of the coronavirus epidemic. He expressed the opinion that there is a conspiracy between market participants.
Since March 12 in Ukraine due to the spread of coronavirus infection banned mass events and closed schools. On the night of March 16, Ukraine is fully banned entry to the territory of the country to foreign citizens, from March 17 suspended air communication with other countries, and from March 18 in the country should have stopped domestic passenger traffic. Many cities also closed shopping centers, shops (except grocery and drug stores), restaurants, cafes and bars, gyms, beauty salons and night clubs. Restrictive measures were introduced until April 3, then extended until April 24.
According to the Ministry of Health, on the morning of March 26, 156 cases of COVID-19 were laboratory confirmed in Ukraine, five people died. After this, several regions reported new infections. The publication “GORDON” monitors the situation online.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to Johns Hopkins University, on the evening of March 26, 510 thousand people fell ill with coronavirus in the world, almost 23 thousand died, almost 121 thousand people recovered.