EC to accede intergovernmental energy agreements with countries outside the EU

EC to accede intergovernmental energy agreements with countries outside the EU
# 14 September 2012 11:17 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA-Economics. The European Parliament adopted a resolution that obliges EU countries to share information on intergovernmental agreements with non-EU members with the European Commission. Bulgarian MEP Vladimir Uruchev commented that Bulgaria can take advantage of the decision in forthcoming negotiations with Gazprom. The resolution regards all previously-signed energy agreements, the ones that are currently being worked out and eventual amendments and supplements. It should come into force in the year-end with EU members being granted a term of three months to provide the European Commission with the documents. The EC will also be entitled to participate in negotiations as an observer, Focus News reported.

In Mr Uruchev’s words, as quoted by the BNR, this is also of Bulgaria’s interest. He explained that Bulgaria could take advantage of the experience the EC had since last year when Poland asked it to interfere in negotiations with Gazprom. Bulgaria was in very good relations with the EC regarding the future agreements with Russia that should be worked out until the year-end. Mr Uruchev clarified that the EP’s resolution is not against Russia or Gazprom in particular, but a step towards a common energy policy that aims to guarantee transparency and compliance with EU legislation. The EP resolution is adopted in a moment when the EC investigates Gazprom for possible violations of EU competition legislation, the BNT reminds, noting that the EC will also have access to the agreement for natural gas delivery between Bulgargaz and Gazprom as the two companies signed it on behalf of their states.
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