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Free movement of goods: Commission requests Romania to remove barriers to exports of natural gas Published on: 10/07/2014, Last update: 22/06/2015

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By obliging the producers in Romania to give priority to sales on the domestic market and by submitting gas transactions to prior control and approval, the Commission considers that the current Romanian legal framework creates unjustified barriers to exports of gas from Romania and has requested that the barriers be lifted.

The Commission considers that by creating barriers to the free movement of goods within the Single Market, Romania has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 35 and 36 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and under Article 40(c) of the Directive 2009/73/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas.

The Commission's request to Romania takes the form of a reasoned opinion. In the absence of a satisfactory response within two months, the Commission may refer Romania to the EU Court of Justice.

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