03 Mar 2014

Abolishing Oil Indexation in Gas Contracts: Is it the cure-all?

Julian Wieczorkiewicz

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Recently, the EU energy debate has been dominated by the discussion on energy prices and the competitiveness of the European industry. According to the latest estimates of the International Energy Agency, gas prices in the US are one-quarter of those in Europe. Moreover, prices of imported gas vary across the EU member states.

Some EU policy-makers hope that the completion of the internal energy market and the transition to hub-based pricing will solve these discrepancies. Julian Wieczorkiewicz asks in this Commentary whether the abolition of oil-indexation will constitute a cure-all for the above-mentioned problems.

Julian Wieczorkiewicz is a Research Assistant in the Energy and Climate Change research unit at CEPS.

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