Poland Penalizes Russian Gazprom $ 57M over Nord Stream 2
The Polish antimonopoly regulator UOKiK fined Russian Gazprom for its unwillingness to cooperate in the investigation of the Nord Stream 2 project for 213 million zlotys ($ 57 million), the Polish agency reported.
The imposition of the fine on Gazprom is related to the ongoing investigation into the creation of a consortium to finance the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline without the « necessary » (according to the Polish regulator) consent of UOKiK.
UOKiK indicted six companies: Gazprom, Engie, Uniper, OMV, Shell and Wintershall Dea. « In the course of this trial, the chairman of UOKiK also applied to Gazprom for documents related to the case, but the company refused to provide information that is important for the ongoing investigation, » the Polish department complains.
It became known in early June that UOKiK initiated a case against Gazprom due to lack of cooperation in the course of the antitrust investigation.
In 2018, the Polish antimonopoly authority initiated an investigation into the alleged concentration of PJSC Gazprom and European creditor partners in the course of the Nord Stream 2 project (on the basis of « establishing a joint venture without obtaining the prior consent of the President of UOKIK »).