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Saeima committee agrees to postpone gas market liberalization

 RIGA, Feb 27 - Today, a majority of the Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee agreed to move forward with amendments to the Energy Law, postponing gas market liberalization until Latvia has effective gas connections with third countries other than Estonia, Lithuania and Finland, the chairman of the committee Vjaceslavs Dombrovskis (Reform Party) told members of the press after the committee meeting.

Dombrovskis explained that the EU's so-called Third Package of energy market liberalization laws will be postponed in Latvia.

The committee decided to put the amendments up for a Saeima vote.

''Only Reform Party members abstained from today's committee vote,'' Dombrovskis said.

If Saeima supports the amendments, gas liberalization in Latvia could be postponed until, for example, a gas pipeline connection with Poland via Lithuania is constructed, which could most likely by 2018, Dombrovskis said.
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