E.ON’s commitment to open up large capacity volumes at entry points to its gas networks by October 2010 has been accepted by the European Commission. The commitments, which are now legally binding on the company, were offered following allegations that E.ON had abused a dominant market position by making long-term bookings of entry capacity into its gas transmission networks, thereby blocking access for its competitors. E.ON has also committed to further reducing its entry capacity bookings in the NetConnect German grid and in E.ON’s grid for low-calorific gas from October 2015. The aim of these commitments is to facilitate access to German gas pipelines to new entrants in order to inject greater competition into the German gas market. Failure to observe legally binding competition commitments of this type can lead to the imposition of fines.