Home Page
 
news 08 Jun 16

European Commission Probes Romanian Gas Companies

European Commission officials carried out inspections at the premises of Romgaz, OMV Petrom and Transgaz, key players in the natural gas sector, on suspicion that they violated anti-trust rules.

Romania Insider
Bucharest
Photo: Wikipedia/Glen Dillon.

Officials from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition and the Competition Council in Romania conducted unannounced inspections of the companies involved in the supply and transport of natural gas in Romania on June 6, according to an EC statement on Tuesday.

“The Commission has concerns that the companies involved may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices and/or the abuse of a dominant market position,” the EC statement said.

“The Commission is investigating potential anticompetitive practices in the transmission and supply of natural gas in Romania, in particular relating to suspected anticompetitive behaviour aimed at hindering natural gas exports from Romania to other member states,” it added.

The inspectors targeted Romanian gas producers Romgaz and OMV Petrom and gas transporter Transgaz. They are reported to have confiscated the phones of OMV Petrom board members, according to sources quoted by Ziarul Financiar.

The three companies have confirmed the inspections took place and said they were cooperating with the investigators.

Romania’s Competition Council has also been helping with the investigation, which is the first such operation carried out by the European Commission in Romania.

Last summer, the European Commission decided to refer Romania to the EU’s Court of Justice because it has not adopted an emergency plan on the security of natural gas supply, an obligation that should have been met three-and-a-half years ago.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

bosnian-croat-ex-official-denies-mass-prisoner-abuses-03-27-2017
27 Mar 17

Bosnian Croat Ex-Official Denies Mass Prisoner Abuses

Berislav Pusic, the head of the wartime Bosnian Croat prisoner exchange commission, appealed against his conviction, arguing he was not responsible for crimes against Bosniak detainees in 1993 and 1994.

27 Mar 17

Putin Wishes Vucic Luck in Serbian Election

27 Mar 17

Vatican Sends Envoy to Medjugorje in Bosnia

27 Mar 17

Kosovo Serb MPs End Boycott of Parliament

27 Mar 17

Croatian Serbs Boycott WWII Camp Commemoration

27 Mar 17

Army Rows Widens Cracks in Kosovo Coalition

27 Mar 17

Kosovo Village Commemorates 241 Killed in 1999

27 Mar 17

The Balkans Today: 27th - 31st March 2017

Premium Selection

justice-comes-late-for-romania-s-ageing-torturers-03-26-2017
27 Mar 17

Justice Comes Late for Romania’s Ageing Torturers

Romania has only recently started trying the former wardens of the communist-era political prisons – and some say it is too late now for justice to be done. 

turkey-s-anti-gulen-campaign-leaves-bosniaks-in-dilemma-03-24-2017
24 Mar 17

Turkey’s anti-Gulen Campaign Leaves Bosniaks in Dilemma

The failure of Bosnia’s Bosniak leaders to meet Turkish demands to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen could cost them Ankara’s support.

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

22 Mar 17

Belgrade Tween Conquers World of Music

Latest News from the Balkans

27 Mar 17

Putin Wishes Vucic Luck in Serbian Election

27 Mar 17

Vatican Sends Envoy to Medjugorje in Bosnia

27 Mar 17

Kosovo Serb MPs End Boycott of Parliament

27 Mar 17

Croatian Serbs Boycott WWII Camp Commemoration