Polish state-owned company challenged the decision of the EU on the extension of the admission “Gazprom” to the Opal pipeline
The German subsidiary of the Polish energy state-owned company PGNiG (Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo) filed a lawsuit on taken in late October, the European Commission’s decision expands the rights of “Gazprom” for filling of the Opal gas pipeline. As reported the Agency “Prime”, said Monday on a press-conferences the General Director of the Polish company Peter Wozniak.
“December 4, we filed a lawsuit in the Tribunal to protest against the decision of the EC with the request to suspend the implementation of this decision as the European Commission and the German regulator (Bundesnetzagentur)”, – he said.
“We believe that the EC decision hits our interests and violate EU norms in the field of competition, protection of interests of third parties, the rule of proportionality, and the provisions of the Association Agreement of the EU with Ukraine,” – said Wozniak.
PGNIG believes that the EC needs to set aside and annul the decision on the extension of the access of Gazprom to Opal. The company asks the court to take a decision by December 23, before the auction will be held on the extra power of Opal in the end of December.
Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and President of Poland Andrzej Duda released a joint statement stating that the decision of the European Commission to improve the access of Gazprom to the gas Оpal can create a risk to the gas supplies between Ukraine and Poland.
In addition, the Deputy foreign Minister of Poland, Minister for European Affairs Konrad szymański in an article for the Financial Times called the project of the pipeline “Nord stream – 2″ test for the unity of the EU and threatened Brussels and the countries supporting the project, the judicial consequences.
At the end of October, the European Commission de facto led the Opal – land continuation of the “Nord stream” – from the provisions of the third energy package of the EU. Such a decision gives the right to “Gazprom” independently to buy the operator of the gas pipeline to 40% of the 50% reserved for third party companies. Remaining 10-20% must be accessible to applications from other gas producers.
In this case, however, the Russian gas monopolist will have to offer a “base price not exceeding the average price of comparable capacity in other pipelines.”