Polish Briefing 11 January, 2018 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: Poland and the European Commission criticize Nord Stream 2 together

What goes on in Poland on the 11th of January.

Morawiecki: Poland and the European Commission criticize Nord Stream 2 together

– I am encouraged by the European Commission that it wants to stand on side of such countries like Poland that show the risk of gas market monopolization – said Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki about Nord Stream 2.

PM Morawiecki’s meeting with the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and EC deputy president Frans Timmermans. The talks according to Morawiecki concerned rule of law issues, climate and energy policy and the EU budget.

After the meeting, Morawiecki said in an interview for internet TV station that Nord Stream 2 was among the topics.

As he pointed, working out compromises on EU forum gets more difficult. – We are floating on troubled waters, the situation around is getting harder. We have many different interests within the European Union and those differences are getting deeper, so working out compromises is harder as well – said the prime minister.

Record-high natural gas sales from PGNiG to Ukraine

In just seventeen months – from August 2016 until December 2017 – Polish Oil and Gas Company has delivered over 1 bcm of natural gas to the Ukrainian market. PGNiG’s supplies of gas to Ukraine have doubled in 2017 reaching over 700 mcm a year. This confirms the Company’s increasing role on the gas market of Central and Eastern Europe.

– These results are very satisfying. The sales of gas to the Ukrainian market is successful thanks to our proficient and flexible price policy – commented Maciej Woźniak, Vice-President of PGNiG.

– Our supplies are attractive, because they are not only competitive, but also reliable and secure which is of a great importance to Ukraine. Portfolio of gas in our offer is well diversified: it comes from our domestic production in Poland and from various import directions. In the first three quarters of 2017, 12 percent of our total import came via the LNG terminal in Świnoujście mainly from Qatar, Norway and the USA. We do not plan to import natural gas from Russia after 2022 – the expiration date of the current long-term contract with Gazprom. For PGNiG energy security is a priority and it means diversified supplies of gas from different geographical directions at competitive prices, while supplies from Gazprom do not fulfill these conditions – Maciej Woźniak added.