MEPs accuse Gazprom of market manipulation and blackmail in order to obtain consent to operate Nord Stream-2.
It is noted that the initiator of the letter to the EC was the Member of the European Parliament from Lithuania from the group of Christian Democrats Andrius Kubilius. The letter was signed by 14 deputies from Poland.
The letter states that it is urgent to start an investigation into Gazprom's deliberate manipulation of the market and violations of EU competition rules. It is about limiting the supply of Russian gas to Europe and raising prices, which - as deputies said - will lead to increased energy bills for European consumers.
“This raises suspicions that Gazprom is deliberately trying to put pressure on Europe to agree to launch Nord Stream-2, despite its non-compliance with EU norms,” the MEPs said.
MEPs sent a letter to Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of competition and Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson.
As it was reported earlier, on September 10 Gazprom announced that Nord Stream 2 had been completed.
On September 15, the price of gas in Europe broke the record, reaching $950 per thousand cubic meters for the first time in history. On Wednesday, the price jumped immediately by 17.27%.