Economy Minister Dismisses Sanctions over EU Gas Directive

Economy Minister Dismisses Sanctions over EU Gas Directive

Economy minister Delyan Dobrev dismissed allegations that Bulgaria will have to pay in a couple of months fines to the EU over its failure to comply with the common gas directive.

"No case against Bulgaria has been referred to court yet," state-run Bulgarian News Agency quoted Dobrev as telling reporters in the Parliament.

Dobrev, however, admitted that an infringement procedure against Bulgaria had started three years ago over confidentiality of clauses in gas transiting agreements. After receiving authorisation by Gazprom, Bulgaria submitted those agreements to the European Commission in early 2012, Dobrev said and voiced confidence that Bulgaria would meet the requirements to avoid court actions.

Former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva recently warned that Bulgaria is facing sanctions over its failure to implement an EU requirement for the liberalization of the natural gas market.

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