Poland threatens to fine Gazprom 50 million euros for refusing to cooperate in the investigation of “Nord stream-2”

The Polish competition and consumer protection authority UOKiK said it could impose a fine of up to 50 million euros on Russia’s Gazprom for refusing to provide materials for an antitrust investigation related to “Nord stream-2.”

Gazprom cannot act outside the law,” said Tomasz Chrostny, President of UOKiK, announcing the start of the process of awarding a fine to the gas monopoly.

Poland believes that the “Nord stream-2” gas pipeline, intended for Russian gas exports, will strengthen Gazprom’s already dominant position in the European market, which threatens the EU’s energy security.

The Polish regulator has been conducting an antitrust investigation into “Nord stream-2” for several years. In 2019, UOKiK fined one of the participants in the project — the company Engie-40 million euros also for refusing to provide documents and other information necessary for the investigation.

The United States opposes the construction of “Nord stream-2.” The US has imposed sanctions against companies involved in the project. The EU criticized this decision.