EU countries align purchase energy
The EU countries will purchase their energy alignment.
The European Commission will assess the legal contracts with gas suppliers in advance to ensure that competition rules aren’t violated by State dubious suppliers.
Europe imports over half of its energy, accounting for 400 billion euros per year. The dependence on Russian gas was palpable when Gazprom the gas valve closed because of a conflict with Ukraine for several winters in succession. The annexation of the Crimea and the Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, are also reasons to reduce the energy imports for EU states.
The Prime Ministers agreed to be more open about concluding gas contracts, both for private companies and governments. This should put an end to practices that a supplier (Gazprom):
- the buyer prohibits gas to resell
- gives penalties when not all of the ordered gas is taken
Such provisions are contrary to the agreement between the EU countries to compensate each other’s energy shortages.
Also, the Commission wants to prevent EU countries from obligating to use Russian pipelines and technology by Gazprom.