Russia’s Gazprom part of secretive natural gas group within UN European unit

Gazprom are deeply entrenched in the Real World of EU nations policies. Facing no Gas, you think the Europeans will rally behind the Washington line to veto their major energy supplier? Lobotomies all round. Another loss looming for Washington.

Alexey Miller, CEO of the Russian energy supplier Gazprom, listens during a press conference as part of a meeting of the European Union energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger Russia's energy minister Alexander Novak and Ukraine's energy minister Yuri Prodan in Berlin, Friday, May 30, 2014. 
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Fox News
By George Russell
4 June 2014

EXCLUSIVE: The Russian natural gas company Gazprom, which supplies much of Europe’s gas imports, is at the center of a secretive cabal of mostly state-owned natural gas companies that has been operating for two decades under the aegis of the United Nations, according to a first-ever audit of the operation obtained by Fox News.

Even though it is a U.N. entity, the group, known simply as the Gas Centre, runs on a budget funded by its corporate members. Its supervisory Executive Board has never been approved by the U.N. agency of which it is nominally a part, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, or UNECE. The group’s priorities, and its detailed budget, likewise manage to stay below the U.N.’s supervisory radar.

According to the U.N., the Gas Centre’s mandate is purely technical, and related to issues of gas contract methodology, collection of statistical databases, and the promotion and facilitation of foreign investment in the industry.

But in fact its mandate, as gleaned from U.N. documents examined by Fox News, includes the creation and maintenance of a “dialogue” on such issues as “the restructuring and consolidation of the gas sector, facilitation of “the integration of natural gas industries in Europe through greater convergence and harmonization of norms and practices,” and “know-how on legal and regulatory matters [and] gas market liberalization.”

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