The Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COPERER) has approved the draft amendments to the gas legislation of the EU. In the case of their final adoption, the action of the Gas directive of the EU will extend to the gas pipelines of the third countries, including the Nord Stream 2 as DW reported.
According to the DW sources in the EU diplomatic circles, 27 states voted for the draft law, while Bulgaria refrained. The parties added that the text was agreed without changes.
The issue is about the text agreed on February 12 during the negotiations of the representatives of the Council of the EU, European Parliament and European Commission. The observers expect that the draft law will not be changed in the further adoption process.
The voting of the Council of the EU is needed for the final approval and its next session is planned for March 4 as well as the voting of the European Parliament. It is expected that the MEPs will considers this issue at the plenary session in April.
The amendments provide the extension of the action of the Gas directive to the gas pipelines of the third countries but only to those sections, which are situated at the territory and territorial waters of the state, where the pipeline is connected to the gas transporting system of the EU.
In the case of the Nord Stream 2, it means that the applying of the EU rules to this pipeline will be supervised by the European Commission, Germany.
Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda urged the German government to give up on Nord Stream 2 construction. He insisted that the new pipeline would breach the current energy balance, posing danger to the energy safety of some countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Russian president Putin claimed that the Russian Federation was ready to save the gas transit through Ukraine after the launch of the Nord Stream 2.
Gazprom and its partners intended to begin the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project, which costs ten billion dollars. It is expected that the 1,200-km gas pipeline will be laid through the Baltic Sea, and will connect Russia and Germany bypassing Ukraine, Poland, and Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice increased compared to that of the first Nord Stream. The construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.
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 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.