Romania, ANRE head Havrilet : EC disagrees of planned requirement for 70 pct exchange-traded gas

The European Commission sent the Romanian authorities a letter to warn that the infringement procedure against Romania for blocking gas exports could move to a new stage if Parliament approves the mandatory trading of 70 percent of gas volumes on the exchange, president of the National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) Niculae Havrilet said on Thursday during hearings in the parliamentary committee inquiring into ANRE’s activity.

This follows the positive opinion issued on October 4 by the Chamber of Deputies’ Industry and Services Committee on the bill approving OUG No. 64/2016, with one of the adopted amendments requiring 70 percent of gas volumes to be traded on the OPCOM energy exchange.

“There is a letter the transport operator unofficially presented us, stating that certain elements in Ordinance 64 approved at the commission’s Oct. 4 meeting run counter to an obligation according to which member states must participate in the internal market by facilitating cross-border trade. Establishing a certain coefficient, which they consider to be high at 70 percent for mandatory trading, would render cross-border trading impossible, and practically hinders export,” Havrilet said in reply to a question by Liberal deputy Lucian Bode.

He mentioned that the European Commission has already started infringement proceedings against Romania on this subject.

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