Gazprom filed complaints against Poland’s antitrust regulator

Gazprom has filed complaints with a Polish court over restrictions on access to evidence collected as part of the “Nord stream-2” investigation.

“On the twenty-fourth of August 2020, Gazprom filed appeals to the competent court of Poland against the rulings of the Polish Antimonopoly authority (the Polish competition and consumer protection Committee) on restricting Gazprom’s access to evidence collected during the investigation into the alleged concentration of Gazprom and foreign investors in the implementation of the “Nord stream-2″ project,” the company’s report says.

In May last year, the Polish antitrust regulator UOKiK charged Gazprom and five partners in the “Nord stream-2” project (OMV, Wintershall, Shell, Uniper, and Engie) with violating the Republic’s antitrust laws for financing the construction of the pipeline.

In November, the regulator fined French Engie 172 million zlotys (about $ 45 million) for failing to provide information related to the case.

At the beginning of this year, UOKiK also asked Gazprom to provide new information as part of the investigation into “Nord stream-2,” and the Russian company, in response, asked to justify such a request.

As a result, in early August, UOKiK reported a fine to Gazprom of 50 million euros due to non-cooperation. This is the maximum sanction provided for by the country’s legislation in such a case. The regulator said that during the proceedings, it applied to Gazprom for documents related to the point, but was refused.

Gazprom, in turn, noted that the information requested by UOKiK had no connection with the subject of the antitrust investigation, and the Russian company is appealing the regulator’s decision in court.