Brussels charges Gazprom with market abuse

The European Commission charged Gazprom on Wednesday (22 April) with abusing its dominant market position in Central and Eastern European gas markets.

According to the EU executive, Gazprom is breaking EU antitrust rules by reducing its customers’ ability to resell their gas abroad, which enables the Russian gas giant to charge unfair prices in certain member states.

“Gazprom has used its dominance in the supply of gas to obtain unrelated commitments from customers concerning the gas infrastructure. In particular, evidence of this conduct is found in Poland concerning the Yamal pipeline, and in Bulgaria concerning Southstream,” said EU Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

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