European Commission promises to act on Czech objection to German gas transit fee

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The European Commission has responded positively to Czechia’s call for the abolition of the fee that Germany charges for the transit of natural gas through its territory. Following Thursday’s meeting of energy ministers in Brussels the Commission said it would look into the matter and consider possible action.

Czech Industry Minister Jozef Síkela on Monday filed a protest against the German gas transit fee on behalf of his own country but also Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, which hold a similar position.

According to Sikela, the introduction of unilateral fees for gas transit does not correspond to the EU solidarity agreements, which state that energy security is a common interest and unilateral fees undermine market integration and cross-border flows. He said the Commission had accepted his arguments.

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Author: Daniela Lazarová, Sources: Český rozhlas, Česká televize