Lithuania will consider the opportunity to recover from Gazprom appointed in 2014, a record for the country a fine, the amount of fines which reached 42 million euros, of property of the Russian monopoly in Europe. It is reported by Interfax.
The government on 20 December will consider a draft resolution prepared by the Ministry of justice, because the Russian company has no property in Lithuania.
“The Ministry of justice puts forward the plan of measures of recovery of penalty and interest outside of Lithuania, if necessary. It includes the role of each Ministry. More details we can’t reveal,” said she.
Earlier it was reported that the Antimonopoly authority of Lithuania – competition Council – accrued interest on overdue Gazprom the penalty and increased the amount from 35.65 million euros to almost 42 million euros.
The collection is entrusted to the office of bailiff Irene Beletic. She attempted to levy a fine by seizure of funds transferred to the Lithuanian companies, the Russian company for purchased gas. Thus, Gazprom delivers gas only after prepayment. It buys the company Achema, as well as state enterprise gas LDT. Their representatives say that the companies do not have funds that can be arrested.
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In June 2014 the competition Council of Lithuania adopted a resolution which Gazprom was fined more than $ 35,65 million euros. Sanctions have been applied because, according to the Lithuanian side, the gas supplier had breached the contract 2004, agreeing to make a deal on the exchange of gas company Lietuvos energijos gamyba (LEG, previously with Lietuvos energija). Lietuvos energija has offered to exchange purchased in Europe gas on gas supplied to Lithuania by a division of Gazprom – Gazprom export. Because of the refusal of the Russian side the company failed to sign agreements with other suppliers that would allow the LEG to reduce costs, and this would have adjusted the price of electricity for consumers.
By their actions, Gazprom, according to Lithuania, has violated the terms of the contract for the purchase of 34% shares of the existing gas company Lietuvos dujos.
All Lithuanian courts, including the Supreme administrative court, refused Gazprom in satisfaction of complaints of the decision of the competition Council.