Price fixing allegations: “We have no idea what this is really about. Everything is just speculation”

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Norway’s farmers still don’t understand why the European Commission competition authorities investigated them last week.

Last week, the EU Commission Competition Authority launched an investigation into price fixing between Norwegian-owned salmon farming companies in Scotland.

“We have no idea what this is really about. Everything is just speculation. We do not know what the commission is looking for in what they have received. I think this will take time,” said Grieg Seafood’s communications manager Kristina Furnes to Dagens Næringsliv.

Mowi, Grieg Seafood and Scottish Seafarms (who are owned 50/50 by Lerøy and SalMar) were all subjected to compulsory, unannounced inspections from the EU Commission’s Competition Authority. Since then, EU authorties have been very reluctant to provide further information on neither the background of the action nor the investigation itself.

Communication manager Ola Helge Hjetland in Mowi is also surprised by the raid.

“Yes, we are surprised that the European Commission is taking this step to conduct this type of inspection. We have nothing to hide and are cooperating with the commission,” said Hjetland to the same publication.