The European Commission reaches an agreement with the government of Algeria on territorial restrictions and alternative clauses in gas supply contracts

"Territorial restrictions and profit sharing mechanisms in the gas sector: the Algerian case"*I. Introduction With the recent conclusion of the territorial restrictions case relating to the import of Algerian gas into Europe, the Commission successfully closed all previously pending cases on this issue. The Commission had started to investigate territorial restriction clauses in gas contracts in 2000, with the aim to increase supply competition. Numerous contracts concluded between external suppliers and the European importers were examined and a number of cases were opened. Some of these cases could be closed, once the upstream suppliers had agreed to delete territorial restrictions (and comparable provisions) from their contracts and not to introduce them in new contracts.

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Eleonora Waktare, The European Commission reaches an agreement with the government of Algeria on territorial restrictions and alternative clauses in gas supply contracts, 11 July 2007, e-Competitions July 2007, Art. N° 36113

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