The Naftogaz of Ukraine files a complaint to the European Commission against Gazprom (the Russian Federation) for the abuses of dominance. Yuriy Vitrenko, the executive director of the company, reported this on Facebook.
“We have just opened the new direction in the confrontation with Gazprom – we have filed the complaint to the European Commission against Gazprom for their inappropriate actions… In this complaint, we analyze in detail how, thanks to the North Stream-2, the virtual reverse blocking, control over companies in the European gas market, Gazprom abuses its dominant position and restricts competition. We also explain our rights to file this complaint (although we are not a company from the European Union) and, importantly, we propose specific mechanisms for solving the problems identified in the very complaint,” Vitrenko stated.
Besides, according to the executive director, the complaint is a crucial one and it was prepared by the Naftogaz together with leading European experts and lawyers.
“If we manage to stop the anti-competitive actions of Gazprom, we will save for Ukraine revenues from gas transit. I will recall that the lack of gas transit means a loss of 4% of GDP and an economic downturn in 2020. We will also be able to ensure that imported gas in Ukraine would be cheaper,” Vitrenko added.
Earlier, National Joint Stock Company Naftogaz-Ukraine and Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS (Norway) have signed a new contract worth 14 million dollars. It stipulates that the Norwegian law company will keep on providing legal services for the Ukrainian side in the litigations between the Ukrainian and the Russian gas companies.