OMV Petrom officials to be questioned on manipulating the energy market

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OMV Petrom representatives will be called to hearings within the commission for investigating the activity of the National Authority for Energy Regulation (ANRE) to provide information about the manipulation of the energy market and artificially raising prices, President of the Committee for Industries of the Chamber of Deputies, Iulian Iancu, stated, quoting a press release.

The statement comes as Razvan Nicolescu, former Energy Minister and also former director of OMV Petrom, wrote in a Facebook post that the recent changes to the Gas Law favor Russians from Gazprom.

According to Iancu, Nicolescu will be able to give all the necessary explanations, including those related to Gazprom, to the investigative commission.

”Otherwise, he will have to do it at the General Prosecutor,” Iancu replied.

Previously, on Tuesday also, Nicolescu wrote on Facebook: “We’re starting to get ridiculous in Brussels on topics that are not really important to Romania. The Brussels officials have very well understood that the big winner of these changes is Gazprom. This is the main reason why they oppose!”.

Nicolescu refers to the letter of the European Commissioner for Energy Miguel Canete, who warned that the recent amendments to the Gas Law in the commission led by Iulian Iancu could bring Romania back in the infringement procedure.

In turn, Iancu said he had prepared a response to Commissioner Canete, but, in his opinion, the European official would have been manipulated.


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