Date: 9 months ago   Category: Politics

Russia and the European Union have announced a victory in a dispute in the WTO


The organization recognized as illegal quantitative restrictions of supply of gas from Russia on the Opal gas pipeline. The World Trade Organization has supported Russia in the key moments of a dispute with the European Union concerning his Third Energy Package. It on Wednesday, August 10, RIA Novosti with reference to the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation reports. In particular, the organization recognized as illegal quantitative restrictions of supply of gas from Russia on the Opal gas pipeline, including 50% use of its capacities and also norms of the EU on sale of gas at the exchange and discrimination of GTS operators under control of foreigners in Lithuania, Hungary and Croatia. At this WTO hasn't supported objection of Russia against requirements of the Third Energy Package for division of production and transportation of gas. In total the Russian side challenged six blocks of the measures including both requirements of the third power package, and mechanisms of their realization by certain EU member states. "The made decisions on all three blocks of measures are capable to improve conditions of access of the Russian natural gas to the market of the EU and also to level competition conditions in the market of the EU for the Russian service providers of pipeline transport and, thus, are of commercial interest to the Russian suppliers of gas and services in his transportation", - have noted in department. Gazprom has already said that we are happy with the decision regarding the found violations from the European Union. The company expects that the EU will eliminate them and will bring the legislation into accord with requirements of the WTO. In turn, the European Commission welcomed the decision of the WTO which confirms legality of the basic principles of "the third power package" of the EU. "In the resolution published today the World Trade Organization has rejected the majority of claims of Russia about allegedly incompatibility of actions of power policy of the EU with multilateral rules of a torgivla. The group of the WTO hasn't found the basis to claim that there is a discrimination from the EU in "The third power package" of rather Russian pipeline transport services, service providers or against the Russian natural gas. The commission has supported the EU concerning rules of "unbundling", that is the requirement about separation of energy supply and production from operation of networks of transfers and also concerning the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and networks of industrial pipelines", - it is said in the statement. The EC called this decision important positive result for the EU as it ensures safety of basic elements of "The third power package". At the same time in the WTO in some points I haven't agreed with the European Union and I have made the decision in favor of the Russian Federation. "Now the Commission will in details analyse the decision of the WTO on the claim of Russia concerning that limited set of positions where power norms of the EU aren't recognized conforming to requirements of the WTO yet", - it is said in the statement of European Commission. Trial on this case has been begun by the WTO in 2014. The Third Energy Package means that owners located in the region

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