A German member of the European Parliament (MEP) has called on the European Commission (EC) to investigate claims that glass bottle makers have been fixing prices.

In a statement issued today (24 April), Werner Langen said that the European wine and spirit industry was suffering because glass container prices had risen by 30% in the last year.

"Since the European market for glass bottles is dominated by three main producers, we suspect illegal price fixing is behind the exorbitant price rises," Langen said.

O-I, Saint Gobain and Ardagh Glass are the three main European glass makers, but they were unavailable for comment. The European container glass federation, meanwhile, said it had no knowledge of Langen's complaint.

Langen said he had asked the EC whether it could confirm the increase in glass prices and, if so, how it planned to respond to the official complaint from European wine and spirit producers.