Extracts from the press briefing by Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, Spokesperson of Andris Piebalgs, on the Gas cartel announcement between Iran, Qatar and Russia
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 22/10/2008 First transmission: 22/10/2008
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.
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||General view of the press briefing
||Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, Spokesperson of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, saying (in FRENCH) that the Commission has not been informed by its energy partners that such a cartel has been created; in principle, the Commission is against the creation of cartels for the sale and marketing of products and energy is no exception to that; it believes that the best conditions for the sale of products such as gas is a free and transparent market; the Commission is not opposed to cooperation between countries in joint projects such as research, but if such cartel is created, the Commission expects the supplier's countries to inform it of this measure; moreover the Commission might review its energy policy.
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