The EU General Court affirms EU Commission’s decision to accept ’light-touch’ commitments from a Russian gas exporter to avoid a fine for anticompetitive behaviour and reverses another Commission decision with similar facts because the rationale was inadequate (Gazprom / Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo)

Gazprom: General Court confirms Commission’s commitment decision but annuls a decision based on similar grounds to reject a complaint against Gazprom On 2 February 2022, the General Court of the European Union (the “Court”) issued two judgments which follow the European Commission’s (the “Commission”) lengthy investigation of some of Gazprom’s allegedly anti-competitive practices in the European Union, consisting mainly in partitioning gas markets in Eastern Europe, charging excessive prices and conditioning the supply of gas on obtaining unwarranted commitments from wholesalers concerning gas transport infrastructure. In the first judgment, the Court confirmed the Commission’s wide margin of discretion when settling an investigation and upheld the Commission’s controversial commitment

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Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, Barbara Monti, Victor-Emanuel Ion, The EU General Court affirms EU Commission’s decision to accept ’light-touch’ commitments from a Russian gas exporter to avoid a fine for anticompetitive behaviour and reverses another Commission decision with similar facts because the rationale was inadequate (Gazprom / Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo), 2 February 2022, e-Competitions February 2022, Art. N° 106044

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