Extracts from the press briefing by Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, Spokesperson of Andris Piebalgs, on the Gas cartel announcement between Iran, Qatar and Russia
As Russia, Iran and Qatar made the first serious moves toward forming an OPEC-style cartel on natural gas, Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, EC Spokesperson in charge of Energy, said on 22 October in Brussels that the European Commission was against the creation of cartels.
"The best conditions for the sale of products such as gas is a free and transparent market", he told journalists, adding that the Commission so far had not been informed by its energy partners that such a cartel has been created.
"If such cartel is created, the Commission might review its energy policy", the Spokesperson concluded without giving further detail on what could be the Commission's reaction. SHOTLIST