Questions about RWE-Gazprom collaboration

20th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

In parliament, the Christian democratic CDA has asked Economic Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen questions about a possible collaboration between the German energy company RWE and Russian energy giant Gazprom. RWE is the owner of Dutch energy company Essent.

The intended collaboration between RWE and Gazprom was announced on Thursday. Gazprom reportedly wants to gain a foothold in the German energy market. CDA MP Marieke van der Werf wants to know whether Gazprom could in future gain control over Essent subsidiaries based in the Netherlands.

She asked the minister whether Dutch laws and regulations afforded adequate protection against government interference with Gazprom, in which the Russian government holds a controlling stake. The CDA would also like to know whether shares in the Borssele nuclear power plant could end up in the hands of Gazprom.

More in general, Ms Van der Werf wanted to know whether there was an official cabinet reaction to the possible collaboration.

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