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October 7, 2022

EC sues Bulgaria and Romania because of unfair gas market rules

The European Commission considers that Bulgaria and Romania are still not fully in line with EU gas market rules and has therefore decided, yesterday, to take these countries to the EU Court of Justice, according to a press release. Cross-border trade can only happen if all market participants have equal access to gas transmission networks to supply customers. In practice the non-compliance of Bulgaria and Romania with the EU gas market rules means that the customers of those Member States are deprived of the possibility to get offers from other Member States as the markets are not sufficiently integrated. In concrete terms, the Commission considers that in Bulgaria and Romania no interruptible reverse flow capacity (also known as ‘backhaul’) is offered at all interconnection points. The inclusion of reverse flow capacity is essential to use the network to its maximum capacity. Moreover, interruptible capacity and short-term services are vital for newcomers to enter the market.

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