CEZ Lodges Complaint Against Bulgaria in Brussels

CEZ Lodges Complaint Against Bulgaria in Brussels

Czech energy group CEZ lodged a complaint with the European Commission against Bulgaria, claiming it infringes upon national and EU energy law, the group said.

CEZ provided the Commission with evidence that the procedures for granting and revoking energy licences in Bulgaria breach not only the national law but also the EU rules, CEZ Group said in a press release. CEZ has asked the European Commission for an independent opinion, CEZ director for distribution and foreign activities Tomas Pleskac said.

According to the Czech company, the procedure for revoking CEZ licences in Bulgaria was initiated at the request of Boyko Borisov, prime minister at the time. The country's chief prosecutor has also urged for revoking the group's licences, CEZ said, adding that these interventions are in breach of the EU law, as only the state energy regulator is authorised to monitor the power distributors' work and to grant and revoke licences.

On April 16, Bulgaria's Energy and Water Regulatory Commission will decide whether to revoke the licences of CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria and CEZ Electro Bulgaria. CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria and CEZ Electro Bulgaria operate in western Bulgaria, including the capital city Sofia.

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