German’s government did not vote for the draft project “on the extension of rules of inner gas market to pipelines between the EU states-members and non-EU states”, which will help Nord Stream 2 pipeline to get round gas directive of the EU. The draft project was not adopted due to the absence of the quorum as Ukrinform reported.
During the voting, which took place at 2 a.m., 133 people supported the place, while 355 votes were needed for the quorum. The session was postponed until 9 a.m.
Earlier we reported that the German ruling coalition drafted a new law that is supposed to protect the newly constructed Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from the stricter rules of the updated EU's gas directive.
As we reported, the OSCE Committee on Political Affairs and Security has adopted a resolution on energy security in Europe, which mentions the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines.
Nord Stream 2 will have the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Ukraine could lose up to $ 3 billion, or 3% of GDP due to the Nord Stream-2.
Ukraine is adamantly opposed to the construction by calling it politically motivated and suggesting the EU to create a consortium with the involvement of European companies to manage the existing and more efficient transportation route through Ukraine. A number of EU countries have expressed their disagreement with the Nord Stream 2 project, in particular Poland and Lithuania.