The European Commission said it has launched an investigation whether state-run Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) is abusing its dominant position on the wholesale electricity market in Bulgaria.
"The Commission has concerns that BEH might be hindering competition on wholesale electricity markets in Bulgaria and neighbouring member states through territorial restrictions," it said in a press release published on its website on Monday.
The Commission will investigate certain provisions in electricity supply agreements entered into by subsidiaries of BEH, which include clauses, prescribing where the electricity has to be delivered. These provisions may constitute territorial restrictions and thus both hinder competition and undermine the integration of EU electricity markets.
BEH (www.bgenh.bg) incorporates the assets of Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant Kozloduy, gas monopoly Bulgargaz, gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz, telecommunications operator Bulgartel, the National Electricity Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary Electricity System Operator, coal-fired power plant Maritsa East 2 and the Maritsa East coal mines.