EC wants Poland to grant third party access to the Yamal gas pipeline.

By bne IntelliNews July 15, 2010
The European Commission deems that Poland should grant third party access to the Yamal pipeline and allow natural gas to flow in both directions by allowing the transport of gas from Germany to Poland, the EC said in a communiqu on Wednesday. Poland could also expand its gas pipeline interconnectors with the EU gas market. This would enable Poland to have access to the EU gas market and thus strengthen Polish security of supply in line with the internal energy market, the EC argues. The EC has decided to send a request to Poland to stop the violations of the EU rules creating a single market for gas . "The obligation imposed by Poland on gas importers to store a certain percentage of gas in Poland and the lack of access to the Yamal pipeline infringe the EU rules on the internal gas market," the document reads. Poland now has two months to respond to the requests, which take the form of 'reasoned opinions' under EU infringement procedures. In the absence of a satisfactory response, the Commission may refer Poland to the EU's Court of Justice. ISB

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