Polish state oil and gas company PGNiG (Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo) have asked the European Commission to fine “Gazprom” for violation of Antimonopoly legislation and to create competitive conditions on the gas market. About it as transfers TASS, said the head of PGNiG Piotr Wozniak, during the press conference.
“The European Commission should financially punish “Gazprom” and to create competitive conditions on the gas market,” said Wozniak.
“Violations of “Gazprom” are long-term and serious. They brought it to the serious violations in the gas market in Central Europe. This applies both to competition in the gas market, and financial losses of consumers,” he said.
Another condition PGNiG – selling Gazprom shares in some companies that are owners of the transmission infrastructure and gas storage in the EU.
Wozniak also demanded to reduce the period of reservation of capacity of the gas pipeline “Nord stream” Gazprom up to five years. In addition, it is suggested to count violations of “Gazprom” since 2004.
The head of the Polish energy giant did not name the amount, which, in his opinion, the Commission should fined a Russian company. “We do not offer any amount. The Commission shall itself determine its size,” he said, answering a corresponding question of journalists.
The statement from PGNiG stated that the company will give their suggestions till may 19.
The company accused the Russian holding in “long-term violation of the antitrust laws”, offering, in addition to financial penalties, impose additional obligations. Among the main claims of PGNiG to Gazprom – market segmentation, inflated gas prices, the dependence of prices on gas from the control infrastructure.
The company also believes that Gazprom should provide customers with “one-time right to set the pricing formula in the contract related to the price of the competitive European markets, along with a verification mechanism that prices in the arbitration procedure”. “This will make market prices for consumers and will not allow “Gazprom” to raise,” explained Wozniak in a press conference.
PGNiG also proposes that “Gazprom” has introduced changes in the procedure of “take or pay” by reducing the current maximum level of mandatory gas long-term contracts for clients from Central and Eastern Europe to the level of a maximum of 75%.