Poland sets the bar high in Gazprom probe

By Andreas Walstad 19 May 2017
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A PGNiG gas storage facility. The company has called on the European Commission to fine Gazprom. (PGNiG) A PGNiG gas storage facility. The company has called on the European Commission to fine Gazprom. (PGNiG)

Polish incumbent PGNiG has called on the European Commission to extract stronger commitments from Gazprom and even impose fines on the company to settle its antitrust investigation. 

Speaking at a press conference in Warsaw on Thursday, PGNiG Chief Executive Piotr Wozniak outlined a proposal for commitments in the Gazprom case that go far beyond those welcomed by the commission in March. He also said the commission should impose financial penalties on Gazprom because of alleged malpractice on European gas markets. 

PGNiG’s set of proposals include granting Gazprom customers a one-time right to set a price formula in medium- and long-term contracts. Wozniak said that, in the past, PGNiG had paid nearly twice the price “for the same gas” as German importers. 

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