Slovakia’s Antitrust Office criticises regulation in the natural gas market

The development of the natural gas market in Slovakia has been hindered by the country’s regulatory regime, Slovakia’s Antitrust Office stated in a report, the SITA newswire wrote, adding that new players in the gas supply market labelled the country’s regulations that apply to certain customer categories as a restriction obstructing the development of competition.

The development of the natural gas market in Slovakia has been hindered by the country’s regulatory regime, Slovakia’s Antitrust Office stated in a report, the SITA newswire wrote, adding that new players in the gas supply market labelled the country’s regulations that apply to certain customer categories as a restriction obstructing the development of competition.

The Antitrust Office said the regulatory environment discourages new entrants from entering the regulated parts of the market and this harms mainly end-users. The Antitrust Office noted that new suppliers did not enter either the area of supplies to households or the sector of heat production for households last year. The office wrote that it is important to correctly establish the regulations to secure development of competitors in the natural gas sector.

The Antitrust Office stated in its report that it does not deny the need to apply regulatory tools in the natural gas market in justified cases. However, the conditions and the scope of regulation should not create an obstacle for development of competition in the regulated parts of the market; rather they should be re-evaluated and adjusted to the benefit of all of market participants. Slovakia should implement the third energy market liberalisation package by April of next year, the office stated.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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