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Parliamentary questions
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21 October 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-004800/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Bogdan Rzońca (ECR)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The Commission’s failure to act in response to record-high gas prices in the EU market

Natural gas prices on European markets have seen a year-on-year increase of between 600% and 900% as a result of low storage levels, liquefied gas going to Asian markets and low levels of supply from Russia. Rising gas prices along with high prices of CO2 emission allowances are pushing up electricity costs and having a negative impact on the fertiliser sector and other sectors reliant on gas. The high costs of electricity, fertilisers and metal are in turn affecting food prices and industrial production costs.

The Commission’s lack of response to this unacceptable price trend, which first and foremost affects European consumers, is undermining the EU’s efforts to ensure energy security and to deliver the European Green Deal.

In light of the above I would like to ask the following questions:

1. Is it true that economic operators with capital links to Gazprom control a number of gas storage facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands, where reserves are being kept at low levels, and does this not in turn potentially give Gazprom the opportunity to manipulate prices and attempt to bring political pressure to bear on EU institutions?

2. Will the Commission investigate Gazprom’s potential abuse of its monopoly in the European gas market?

3. What action does the Commission intend to take in response to the risk of a gas crisis this winter, and to the increasing inflation caused by energy prices?

Original language of question: PL
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