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Greek banks under investigation for collaboration: competition watchdog

Stock MarketsNov 08, 2019 10:56AM ET
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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's competition watchdog confirmed on Friday that it had raided all the country's major banks a day earlier as part of an investigation into collaboration between lenders.

Inspectors raided the head offices of National Bank (AT:NBGr), Piraeus Bank (AT:BOPr), Eurobank (AT:EURBr), Alpha Bank (AT:ACBr), Attica Bank (AT:BOAr) and the offices of the Greek bank association, bankers said on Thursday.

They said the competition authority, which is an independent body, had carried out the unprecedented raids because it was looking into whether banks had colluded on transaction fees.

"The checks reflected the Competition Commission's concerns that the businesses under investigation may have been involved in anti-competitive practices of horizontal collaboration," the authority said in a statement on Friday.

It said the raids, which it had been planning for weeks, were preliminary steps in cases where there may be indications of anti-competitive practices.

"Conducting such probes does not prejudge that firms being investigated have indeed been involved in anti-competitive behavior, nor the probe's outcome," the authority said.

Some bankers told Reuters on Thursday that the raids were politically motivated.

Last month, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged banks to revoke increases in charges for a series of services.

On Friday, Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis said the government had nothing to do with the raids, saying the authority was an independent body.

"I assure you that the ministry did not have the slightest involvement in yesterday's developments," he told Skai TV. "I was not aware, I should not have been aware and, fortunately, I did not know about it."

Greek banks under investigation for collaboration: competition watchdog
 

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