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Parliamentary questions
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17 May 2018
Question for written answer P-002663-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (NI) , Laima Liucija Andrikienė (PPE) , Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE) , Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR) , Indrek Tarand (Verts/ALE) , Claude Turmes (Verts/ALE) , Algirdas Saudargas (PPE)

 Subject:  Gazprom's acquittal instead of sanctions
 Answer in writing 

The terms of an amicable settlement between the Commission and Gazprom, proposed in Annex 2 to the Commission’s Statement of Objections on Gazprom’s violation of EU competition law, which reached the press on 10 April, shows the discrepancy between the seriousness of the charges involved and the indulgence of the Commission’s stance towards Gazprom.

Russia continuously attacks Western democracies, meddles with electoral processes, and is challenging the international order in Georgia, Ukraine, Syria and the UK.

Moreover, the construction of the Nord Stream 2 puts the security of the energy supply of the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe at risk.

1. Why does the Commission apply double standards when it comes to Gazprom, and effectively acquit the Russian monopoly, by making a proposal for an amicable settlement commitment decision under Article 9 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003, instead of imposing fines under Article 7 of the same regulation? What is the opinion of the legal services on this matter?

2. Why did the Commission decide to separate Gazprom antitrust proceedings from the Nord Stream 2 issue, despite knowing that the construction of Nord Stream 2 will bolster the dominant position of Gazprom on the EU gas market?

3. Why has the Commission not extended antitrust proceedings to the Member States in which Gazprom introduced unfair pricing?

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