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Gazprom to appeal against Polish regulator’s fine

The fine was imposed because of the company’s refusal to furnish Nord Stream 2 data requested by the regulator

MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. Gazprom intends to file an appeal against the fine imposed on the company by the Polish regulator UOKiK because of company’s refusal to furnish Nord Stream 2 data requested by the regulator, the press service of the Russian gas holding told reporters on Monday.

"Following completion of examining the formal decision of UOKiK, Gazprom will take measures to defend its interests, including the appeal against the decision in court, where UOKiK will need to prove consistency of its position. In case of judicial appealing against the fine, it will not be subject to recovery until the relevant court judgment takes effect," Gazprom says.

"It is important to note that information requested by the Polish antimonopoly regulator was not related at all to the subject matter of the antimonopoly probe," the company noted. Gazprom requested UOKiK to provide a rationale for lawfulness of requesting such information but no justification was given, the gas holding added.

The penalty amounts to 213 mln zloty (about $57 mln). The reason for the fine was refusal of Gazprom to furnish information to the Polish regulator about contracts made by Nord Stream 2 AG with European companies funding construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.