Energy Community: Russia can't deliver gas only to Serbia

The Energy Community has launched a preliminary procedure against Serbia due to the provisions of an agreement on gas deliveries the country has with Russia.

Source: Beta
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A statement posted on the organization's website said that the Secretariat "sent an Opening Letter to Serbia," addressing a 2012 agreement between the Serbian and Russian governments on the supply of natural gas to Serbia.

"The Secretariat expressed concerns about Article 4 of the agreement, which stipulates that the natural gas supplied on its basis is intended for use in the Serbian market. This constitutes a destination clause, which according to settled case law, infringes the competition acquis under the Energy Community Treaty," the statement said.

The agreement provides for the delivery of a maximum of five billion cubic meters of gas to Serbia annually from 2012 until 2021, while the article the Energy Community singles out states that the gas delivered to Serbia is to be used in the Serbian market.

"By sending the Opening Letter, the Secretariat initiated a preliminary procedure, the purpose of which is to give Serbia the opportunity to react to the allegation of non-compliance with Energy Community law within two months and to enable the Secretariat to establish the full background of the case," the statement said.

The Energy Community is an international organization dealing with energy policy, bringing together the European Union and countries from the South East Europe and Black Sea region.

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