Extracts from the press conference of Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC, on Gazprom antitrust decision

Type: Press conference - summary   Référence: I155756   Durée:  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 24 May 2018, Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, gave a press conference on the decision taken by the EC imposing binding obligations on Gazprom to enable free flow of gas at competitive prices.
This video shows extracts from the press conference on the Gazprom antitrust decision by Margrethe Vestager.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building, in Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Arrival of Margrethe Vestager, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, and Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesperson of the EC 00:00:05
00:00:16 SOUNDBITE by Margrethe Vestager (in ENGLISH): Our decision provides a tailor-made rulebook on Gazprom's future conduct. It obliges Gazprom to take positive steps to further integrate gas markets in the region and to help realise a true internal market for energy in Europe. And it gives Gazprom customers in Central and Eastern Europe an effective tool to make sure that the price they pay is competitive. 00:00:29
00:00:44 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:00:49 SOUNDBITE by Margrethe Vestager (in ENGLISH): There are three parts in the Gazprom's obligations. First Gazprom's costumers are free to decide what happens with their gas that they are bought. Second they have flexibility on where they want Gazprom to deliver the gas, and thirdly that they pay a competitive price for the gas. 00:00:26
00:01:14 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:19 SOUNDBITE by Margrethe Vestager (in ENGLISH): For gas actually to flow freely accross Central and Eastern Europe; it is also necessary to have the infrastructure for its transport, namely interconnectors that link national gas markets with one another. Unfortunately, the availability of such interconnectors is still insufficient in part of the region namely the Baltic States and in Bulgaria. This is why we have made it so that the obligations don't stop at just removing contractual barriers. 00:00:36
00:01:55 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:59 SOUNDBITE by Margrethe Vestager (in ENGLISH): These obligations on Gazprom they will increase cross-border competition and lead to better integrated markets which should help to keep prices down. But we wanted customers directly to be enable to ensure that the prices in the region are competitive. And that is because our competition's concerns was that Gazprom was charging higher prices in five countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. 00:00:34
00:02:34 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:04
00:02:38 SOUNDBITE by Margrethe Vestager (in ENGLISH): If Gazprom does not agree with the customers demand within 120 days, an arbitrator is appointed that will impose a competitive gas price that takes full account of these competitive benchmarks. This will make sure that customers in these countries will not again face gas prices that are not competitive compare to the prices in Western Europe. 00:00:27
00:03:05 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:03:09 SOUNDBITE by Margrethe Vestager (in ENGLISH): Our decision today imposes on Gazprom a strict set of rules on how to do business in Central and Eastern Europe. It imposes a clear obligation on Gazprom and it gives effective rights to Gazprom's customers. Combined, this will enable the free flow of gas at competitive prices. 00:00:27
00:03:36 Departure of Margrethe Vestager 00:00:06
00:03:41 END 00:00:00
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