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Parliamentary questions
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13 June 2018
Answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000993/2018

The main objective of EU competition rules is a properly functioning internal market, where companies can compete fairly on the merits and where consumers can enjoy the benefits of competition in the form of lower prices and wider choice.

It is therefore welcome that Hungarian consumers benefit from competition, and the resulting lower gas prices. It is also positive that wholesalers and traders can procure their supply from more competitive markets. Regarding energy markets, competition rules also aim to ensure that gas flows freely across national borders.

This objective goes hand in hand with the objectives of the EU's Energy Union. Generally speaking, the development of competition in the Hungarian gas market can be considered positive and individual statements by government representatives are unlikely to amount to a limitation of competition.

Even so, the Commission will continue monitoring the developments of EU gas markets, including the gas market in Hungary.

The proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council COM(2016) 864 concerns the common rules for the internal market for electricity. The actions of the Hungarian Government, as described in the Honourable Member's question, concern the gas market. As a general rule, the Commission promotes market-based formation of prices based on supply and demand, without distortions.

Last updated: 14 June 2018Legal notice