European Commission officials were expected to start infringement proceedings against Romania in the gas sector, as OUG 114/2018 violates the EU’s basic treaty and internal market principles, said the former Finance Minister, currently deputy general director at E.ON Romania, Anca Dragu.
“It was expected (the infringement procedure – e.n.), because the OUG 114 violates the EU treaty, the basic principles of the internal market. The first step was taken. Worrying are the price cap, allocation of quantities, and also the Commission considers that the Emergency Ordinance does not protect the vulnerable consumer, as stated in the explanatory memo,” Dragu said at a conference, according to Agerpres.
According to her, in the next period, the Government needs to clarify these suspicions that the Commission has placed on the table.
“We are at the disposal of the authorities for clarifications in this respect,” added Dragu.
On March 7, the European Commission sent Romania a letter of formal notice for failure to correctly apply certain requirements of the Gas Directive (Directive 2009/73/ EC) and the Gas Safety Regulation (EU Regulation 2017/ 1938).