The Court of Justice of the European Union on Tuesday issued a favourable ruling for Poland by cancelling the EC decision to grant Gazprom 100 percent of the Opal pipeline's capacity.
State-owned energy company confirms it may head to the Middle East in its hunt for alternative gas supplies.
The Arbitration Tribunal in Stockholm, Sweden, ruled on Saturday that Poland's national gas company, PGNiG, is justified in demanding lower gas prices from the Russian gas giant, Gazprom.
Poland's national gas company, PGNiG, has signed a new long-term agreement with US companies – a move that will make Poland much less dependent on Russian gas.
Poland and other European countries have expressed their concern after Russian gas giant Gazprom reached a deal with the EU to finish a seven-year-old antitrust case.
The Polish government's commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said that the 2022 deadline for building the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline is ambitious, but achievable. "We'll make it," he declared.
In a statement sent to PAP on Thursday, Poland's national gas monopolist PGNiG said it was surprised and disappointed by the European Commission's decision to approve an agreement with Russia's gas giant Gazprom.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymański told PAP that the government is disappointed with the European Commission's years-long anti-monopoly procedure against Russian gas conglomerate Gazprom, which ended without the imposition of fines or damages.