The European Commission has been notified of Bulgaria’s recent gas supply measures. “We are in contact with Bulgaria and other affected countries to assess and discuss the possible repercussions of this measure,” a spokesperson for the Community Executive said at a press conference in response to questions related to the tax for the transfer of Russian gas through Bulgaria, transmits news
According to a new law, published this month in the Official Gazette of Bulgaria and which entered into force immediately, a tax of 20 leva ($10.76) is introduced for each megawatt hour of gas coming from Russia. It is equivalent to about 20% of the reference price for natural gas on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
Regarding the question of where the revenues from this tax will be directed, the answer was: “This is a national measure, the decision is the competence of the Sofia authorities”.
The spokesperson specified that the EU sanctions approved so far foresee measures against coal and oil imports from Russia, and not for gas. The EU has set as its objective the reduction of dependence on fossil fuel imports from Russia as soon as possible, the official added, according to Agerpres.