(Adds Commission's comments)
By Vladimir Soldatkin
MOSCOW Dec 27 Russia's Gazprom said on Tuesday
it had filed proposals with the European Commission aimed at
resolving a five-year EU case over the Russian gas giant's
alleged monopoly practices.
The Russian state gas exporter, which supplies a third of
the EU's gas, has been on the European Commission's radar since
2012, culminating in charges last year that it overcharged
customers in eastern and central Europe and blocked rivals
Since then, Gazprom has offered concessions aimed at staving
off a potential fine of up to 10 percent of its global turnover.
A Commission spokeswoman confirmed that the Commission had
received proposed commitments from Gazprom and it would assess
"if they address, in a forward looking manner, the Commission's
competition concerns in line with EU antitrust rules".
Gazprom deputy head Alexander Medvedev said in an emailed
statement the firm was ready to take into account Europe's
criticism "where it is substantiated and possible". The gas
giant added it hoped for a resolution in the near future.
Gazprom did not elaborate on the details of its proposals,
saying only that "they are likely to help to reach progress over
The firm said in October that it was going "to work out a
mutually acceptable decision" with the European Commission.
"To be effective, the (Gazprom) commitments would have to
ensure the free flow of gas in central and eastern Europe at
competitive prices," the Commission spokeswoman said.
(Additional reporting by Jan Strupczewski in Brussels; Writing
by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Adrian Croft and Alison Williams)