The Court for the Protection of Competition and Consumer Rights of Poland canceled a fine of more than 29 billion zlotys (about $6.3 billion) to the Russian state concern Gazprom for violating antitrust rules, reported Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) of Poland.
The Russian state concern Gazprom and Engie Energy, Uniper, OMV, Shell oraz Wintershall were fined in October 2020 totaling PLN 178.5 million (about EUR 39.8 million) for violating antitrust rules. According to the regulator’s conclusion, Gazprom entered into an agreement with these companies without its consent, which could lead to restriction of competition.
The investigation lasted for about two years, starting in 2018. However, after appealing the decision on the fine, the court ruled that the joint venture between Gazprom and other companies had never been created, and UOKiK exceeded its authority when imposing penalties.
At the same time, UOKiK is outraged by the decision and is going to appeal.
“We will demand a written justification of the verdict and then we will file an appeal in this case,” said UOKiK head Tomasz Hrostni.
The construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline began in 2011 and lasted until 2021. However, it was never put into operation in particular because of the US sanctions imposed on him.
Explosions occurred on Nord Stream gas pipelines in September 2022, resulting in three out of four threads becoming unusable. Russia claims that one line of Nord Stream 2 has survived and can transport gas.