The President of Lithuania called on the Commission to achieve from “Gazprom” compensation inflated gas prices
The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite called on the European Commission to achieve from “Gazprom” compensation for the inflated price of gas in favour of countries affected by the monopoly of the Russian company. The Lithuanian leader expressed the hope that the EC will take a principled position in investigating abuses of power Corporation.
About it Grybauskaite said on Tuesday, October 10, at a meeting in Vilnius with the European Commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, reports the website of the President of Lithuania. “The President stressed that he hoped for the preservation of the European Commission’s position of principle (…) in the investigation of the abuse by Gazprom of its dominant position in the years 2004-2012, when Lithuania and other countries of the EU had to buy gas at higher than the market price”, – stated in the message.
Grybauskaite called on the European Commission to ensure that the victims of monopoly of “Gazprom” States, including Lithuania, were compensated for their losses. The President also asked the EC to provide in the future the use of such prices for gas, which “is based on fair competition and reflect the real situation on the market.”
However, Grybauskaite criticized the project of the pipeline “Nord stream – 2″. According to her, it is contrary to the objectives of EU energy Union and will further increase the dependence of the whole of Europe from the supply of “Gazprom”.
“Nord stream – 2″ provides for the construction of two offshore strings with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Germany under the Baltic sea. It is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2019. The EC previously notedthat one of the purposes of the construction of the Nord Stream – 2 – “to make the Ukrainian transit system less relevant or stop deliveries via Ukraine completely.”
Also Grybauskaite said at the meeting about the dangers of construction in the neighborhood with the European Union the Belarusian nuclear power plant. According to the President, this alleged geopolitical project of Russia, implemented with the aim to threaten all of Europe. In this regard, said the Lithuanian leader, the EU should put on the European market from third countries only the electricity that is produced in compliance with all safety requirements of the EU. The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is listed in the list of threats to national security of Lithuania in the annual report of the Lithuanian secret services.
As recalled by Delfi, the European Commission is investigating the abuse of Gazprom’s dominant position in Central and Eastern Europe in the years 2004-2012.
Lithuania in the Stockholm arbitration unsuccessfully tried to get compensation from the Russian company 1.4 billion euros for overpayment for gas. In June last year, the court declaredthat does not see fault of “Gazprom”. At the same time, the Tribunal declared that the company was involved in a conflict of interest when supplying gas to Lithuania and owned the shares of the Lithuanian gas company Lietuvos dujos.
In October 2012 the former government of Lithuania has addressed in the Stockholm arbitration court regarding the overpayment of approximately EUR 1.4 billion, which was formed from 2004 to 2012, when Gazprom supplied Lithuania too expensive gas.
In the spring of 2014 Lithuania’s Litgas, part of the state energy holding company Lietuvos energija, has signed with Norway’s Statoil five-year agreement on the procurement of 540 million cubic meters of gas per year. Before signing this contract, Lithuania is dependent on Russian gas for 100%.