The European Commission will continue its antitrust investigation against “Gazprom”

Moscow. December 16. The investigation of the European Commission in connection with the possible violation of EU competition rules by “Gazprom” continues, said Wednesday in Brussels the European Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso.

“The European Commission sent in April 2015 “Gazprom” notice of observations on the alleged abuse of a dominant position on the gas supply markets in Central and Eastern Europe. This investigation continues,” – said the press Secretary.

He reminded that by law the company has the right to request an oral hearing to present their comments on the case to representatives of the European Commission.

Gazprom is an oral hearing requested, and it was held on Tuesday in line with standard antitrust procedures of the European Commission, added Cardoso.

Earlier in “Gazprom” explained that the oral hearing were requested to substantiate the company’s position. “We do not agree with the conclusions of the European Commission, in particular, in regard to “overly high prices” for gas “Gazprom”. Today presents us facts and figures demonstrate why we believe the Commission’s position unreasonable and legally flawed. We also believe that the Commission during the investigation, insufficiently takes into account the norms of public international law, especially in regard to “market segmentation” and accusations of “restriction of competition”, – said journalists the Chairman of the company Alexander Medvedev.

The EC in August 2012 initiated the investigation against “Gazprom”. In April this year the EC adopted the formal notice of claims (Statement of Objections). The EC identifies three possible anti-competitive practices, in which I suspect a Russian company: Gazprom may have divided gas markets by hindering the free flow of gas through the territory of member States, may have prevented the diversification of gas supplies, and could set unfair prices for its customers, tying gas prices to oil prices”. “Gazprom” September 28, sent to the EC a written response to the notice of claims under antitrust investigation into its activities in the European Union, which has not pled guilty on one of the items.