Polish PM dismisses treasury minister over Gazprom deal
Poland’s prime minister dismissed his treasury minister on Friday for failing to supervise the country’s gas monopoly PGNiG and its dealings with Russia’s Gazprom, media reported. Gazprom and Poland’s Europol Gaz SA on April 4 signed a memorandum to study a proposed 15 billion-cubic-meter pipeline, called Yamal-Europe 2, from Russia via Poland to Slovakia, bypassing Ukraine. Premier Donald Tusk and Treasury Minister Mikolaj Budzanowski weren’t aware of the deal, even though the plan was known to state-controlled gas distributor PGNiG, the prime minister said at a news conference Friday. Energy issues related to Russia are a hot political topic in Poland, which is seeking to reduce reliance on oil and gas from its eastern neighbor and former communist era master. Russia accounts for 90% of Poland’s oil imports and more than half of its gas.
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