The foreign Ministry said that the European Commission’s decision in favor of “Gazprom” contrary to the Association Agreement

В МИД заявили, что решение Еврокомиссии в пользу "Газпрома" противоречит Соглашению об ассоциации

The European Commission’s decision on granting the Russian company Gazprom greater access to the OPAL gas pipeline violates the Agreement on Association between Ukraine and the EU. This was stated by Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine on European integration Elena serkal during a meeting with head of the EU delegation to Ukraine Hyuga Mingarelli 9 November 2016, reports the press center of the Ministry of foreign Affairs.

It is noted that during the discussion of cooperation in the energy sphere Elena zerkal raised the issue concerning the recent decision of the European Commission, the consequence of which was the introduction of additional exemptions for third party access to the capacities of the OPAL gas pipeline.

Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that the adoption of such decisions without prior consultation with the Ukrainian side is in violation of article 274 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, which provides for mutual accounting of the parties of the potential and opportunities of energy infrastructure, each other, as well as consultation and coordination of their actions in the sphere of ensuring security of supply of energy resources.

In addition, the Ukrainian side stressed that the European Commission is in the process of preparing such solutions should adhere to the EU commitments in the framework of its participation in the Treaty establishing the Energy Community, in particular to observe in relations with Ukraine and other partner States of the principle of solidarity and to avoid decisions that conflict with the antitrust laws of the EU.

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As reported, the European Commission has provided the Russian company Gazprom greater access to the OPAL gas pipeline that will allow Russia to pump more gas to Europe bypassing Ukraine. So, this decision will allow “Gazprom” to transport from 7.7 to 10.2 billion cubic meters of additional gas to the European Union on the territory of Germany.