European Commission proposes stricter rules for Nord Stream 2

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 6.11.2017 16:34

On 6 November, the European Commission (EC) presented a new proposal to extend EU internal energy market rules to offshore gas pipelines, which would affect the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

The proposal foresees that all gas pipelines going to the EU and from the EU must comply with EU internal rules requiring them not to be directly owned by the gas supplier, non-discriminatory tariffs should be maintained and at least 10% of the pipeline capacity be made available to third parties. The proposal of a new directive envisages that the new legislation will affect all gas pipelines to non-European countries as well as all gas pipelines from non-European countries up to the borders of the EU jurisdiction, including the planned critical gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, which is bypassing traditional transit countries like Ukraine. It is the support for Kiev that is crucial to the EU, as well as the effort to diversify gas supplies to Europe. This step is in line with the mandate that the EC received from Member States to negotiate at the Union level with Russia on the Nord Stream 2. The proposal for a new directive will be voted on Wednesday 8 November at the EC, if passed, it will go for approval to the Member States and the European Parliament.

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