Poland urges EU to toughen its stance in Gazprom case

  • Elisabeth Gheorghe
  • 25.5.2017 10:28

Polish oil and gas company PGNiG called on the European Commission on 18 May to toughen its stance in its Gazprom antitrust probe, saying they should pay fines and sell assets. The request emerges two months after EU watchdogs said that concessions made by Gazprom following charges of misconduct in central and eastern European gas supplies should ease concerns.

PGNiG’s Chief Executive Piotr Wozniak told the press that Gazprom had breached antitrust laws by, for example, setting different gas prices for different clients, but declined to provide specific figures. Wozniak added that the Commission should prevent Gazprom from abusing its dominant position and Gazprom should sell its shares in companies holding key infrastructure in the EU, including the Yamal-Europe pipeline. On 22 May, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev announced that Russia entered negotiations with Bulgaria and Greece concerning the entry point of the TurkStream pipeline, which will deliver 47bn cubic metres of gas to central and south-eastern Europe. While NordStream’s capacity is being doubled, the EU could risk over-reliance of Russian gas, highlighting energy security challenges.

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