Eni Presents Gas Pipelines Proposal to EU Commission
Eni has formally presented to the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission a set of structural remedies related to some international gas pipelines.
With prior agreement from its partners, Eni has committed to dispose of its interests in both the German Tenp gas pipeline and in Switzerland's Transitgas pipeline.
Given the strategic importance of the Austrian Tag pipeline, which transports gas from Russia to Italy, Eni has negotiated a solution with the Commission which calls for the transfer of its stake into an entity controlled by the Italian State.
The remedies negotiated with the Commission do not affect Eni's contractual gas transport rights.
The issue, which will be concluded today with the endorsement of the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission, started in May, 2006, following an inquiry into alleged infringement of antitrust regulations which involved the main players in European gas, among which E.On, GDF and RWE.
Eni received a statement of objections from the European Commission which alleged that during the period 2000-2005, Eni was responsible for limiting the access of third parties to the gas pipelines TAG, TENP and Transitgas, thus restricting gas availability in Italy.
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