* New fine is for repeat offences
* Eni's Versalis unit also named in new EU charges
BRUSSELS, March 1 Italian oil and gas company
Eni faces an additional fine of 90.75 million euros
($118.64 million) for its role in a 2006 synthetic rubber cartel
case, EU antitrust regulators said on Friday.
The European Commission penalised Eni and its Versalis unit
a total of 272.25 million euros in 2006 for participating in the
cartel together with five other companies, including Germany's
Bayer, U.S. company Dow and Shell.
The companies won a court challenge in 2011 against an
additional sanction for repeat offenders, after Europe's second
highest court said the Commission had not explained its
The EU competition authority said it had now provided more
details on the issue, allowing it to go ahead with the new fine.
It had informed Eni and Versalis, previously known as
Polimeri Europa, with a "statement of objections" or charge
sheet, that it intends to re-impose an increase in the fine,
amounting to 90.75 million euros, because it was a repeat
"The addressees now have the opportunity to reply to the
Commission's objections before any amending decision
re-imposing the fine uplift is taken," the Commission said in a
Eni can request an oral hearing to defend its case.