After the European Union implements the so-called Third Energy Package, there will still remain a lot of work not only with monopolists outside the EU, such as Gazprom, but also with the monopolists existing in the market, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis at a conference “the Independent Energy – a strong economy”, writes delfi.lt.
“I would like to say a few words about the European Union’s internal energy strategy, not just the outside, which is very important for Lithuania. A large part of the European Union countries also have serious monopolistic structures, which, similarly to Gazprom, are not very impressed with the third package, and I think that there is still a lot of work here for all governments. To achieve this breakthrough in countries where monopolies have become national symbols is not easy,” lectured Ažubalis.
According to him, the implementation of the Third Energy Package is a challenge not only to Lithuania, but also tothe rest of the EU.
“Despite our general perception that the European Union institutions are sluggish bureaucratic monsters, I would sometimes compare it to a small, but fierce pitbull, that clings and never lets go. Here I have in mind the EU’s institutions long-standing combat with the market distortions due to monopolistic business,” said the Minister.
Translated by Monika Mikučionytė