Denmark offers to submit changes to the legal framework, so that the government would have an opportunity to veto the construction of Nord Stream II gas pipeline. Reuters reported that with a reference to Danish energy and climate minister Lars Christian Lilleholt.
‘We want to have the possibility to say yes or no from a perspective of security and foreign policy’, Lilleholt said.
Denmark and Sweden earlier this year requested that the European Commission intervene in Nord Stream 2 before the two states agree on permits for the pipeline to pass through their waters. EU diplomats said there was little scope for either nation to block the plan.
The current regulatory framework does not allow Denmark to say 'no' to the construction of transit pipelines in territorial waters on the basis of foreign policy considerations, the ministry said in a statement.
As is known, Nord Stream II foresees construction of two branches of the pipeline, capable of transporting 55 billion cubic meters annually. It connects the Russian coast and Germany via the Baltic Sea. Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany should officially approve the construction in order to launch the very process.