Infringement against Romania on ensuring security of natural gas supply


The European Commission has initiated the infringement procedure against Romania for failing to ensure security of supply with natural gas, as Bucharest did not adopt a Preventive Action Plan and an Emergency Plan. The Commission had formally asked Romania to ensure fully observance of the EU rulings regarding the security of supply with natural gas.

The EU Security of Gas Supply Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 aims to ensure that Member States are well prepared to deal with possible supply disruptions. Member States have to enable bi-directional gas flow across borders and prepare emergency and preventive action plans in advance, a release from the EC reads.

The EC also says it hasn’t been informed about bi-directional flows of natural gas. The member states authorities should have adopted, until December 3, 2012, the preventive action plans and emergency plans. The decisions for bi-directional flows for natural gas should have been adopted until September 3, 2012. By the end of November 2014, the EC asked Romania to comply with EU rules on security of gas supply. Romania has to two months to comply with its obligations as otherwise the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice, a communiqué read at the time.

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