The EU Commission investigates gas supply contracts concluded by an Algerian state-owned gas company and its main European customers (Sonatrach)

"The territorial restrictions case in the gas sector: a state of play"*1. Introduction On 6 October 2003, the Commission services announced the closure of their investigation into the supply relationship between Russian gas producer Gazprom and Italian wholesaler ENI [1]. Just as other cases recently settled [2], this case shows how the Commission’s Competition Directorate General (‘DG COMP’) applies antitrust rules in the European gas sector. In this regard, it is impossible to overemphasise the complementary roles of the Gas Directive [3] which addresses, amongst other issues, state barriers to integrated energy markets, and of regulatory and antitrust enforcement which address behaviour by commercial companies having restrictive or abusive effects [4]. This is because the regulatory

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Harold Nyssens, Dominik Schnichels, Concetta Cultrera, The EU Commission investigates gas supply contracts concluded by an Algerian state-owned gas company and its main European customers (Sonatrach), 6 October 2003, e-Competitions October 2003, Art. N° 38403

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