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EC: Lithuania should implement the Third Energy Directive despite Russia’s protests

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Lithuania cannot utilize the exemption of the European Union (EU) Energy Directive; therefore, the country needs to separate the gas supply from gas transmission by using the gas pipeline, the European Commission (EC) indicates in a letter to the Lithuanian Prime Minister’s Office.

The letter confirms that only Latvia, Finland and Estonia are eligible for the privileges laid down in the Article 49 of the Energy Directive, as these countries applied for such exemptions, while the Lithuanian government did not, reports The Lithuania Tribune.

The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin criticized the EU laws whose purpose is to liberalise the energy market. He referred to Lithuania’s case as uncivilized «robbery».

The Lithuanian government has approved the amendments in the Bill on natural gas, and plans to introduce the Third Package. «The Lithuanian government has undertaken the implementation of the Third Package, and is seeking a legal way to separate the management and ownership of the (gas) pipeline, ensuring the existence of the gas market,» specifies the government’s representatives.

The Estonians have mentioned that they also plan to introduce the Third Energy Directive, while the Latvian government has not yet confirmed its plans on this matter.

Currently the Russian company Gazprom owns 37.1% of Lithuanian Gas shares, the German E. ON Ruhrgas manages 38.9%, but the Lithuanian government holds 17.7% of the company’s shares. The Russian and German companies have made known to Lithuania that they will file a complaint to the International arbitration court.


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  1. Ren says:

    This realy places Lithuania in unpleasant situation.

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