The higher court of Düsseldorf will consider the appeal of the Nord Stream 2 AG Company, the operator of the Nord Stream 2, against the application of the regulatory norms of Germany toward the gas pipeline as Interfax reported.
The lawsuit was filed against Federal network agency Bundesnetzagentur. The decision should be announced on Wednesday, August 25.
The partakers of the process will not participate in the meeting. The decision of Düsseldorf’s court has no connection with the further construction of the pipeline.
Nord Stream 2 operator has earlier appealed the decision of the regulator not to release the gas pipeline from the norms of the EU gas directive. In Germany, it is regulated by the proper national law. The appeal was filed against paragraph 28b on the energy economy of Germany.
Theoretically, the legislation of Germany provides the possibility of release from the regulation directive but it spreads only on the gas pipeline that were constructed until May 23, 2019.
One of the main rules of the directive – the division of the companies that supply gas and companies that transport them. It means that the company operator of the Nord Stream 2 should be independent from Gazprom and 50% of its throughput should be reserved for alternative suppliers. The exclusions are possible but only with the approval of the European Commission.
On July 21, the U.S. and Germany made a joint statement in support of Ukraine, European energy security, and climate goals on the results of the talks on prospects of the launch of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
On August 20, Biden administration imposed sanctions on two Russian entities over their involvement in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to Ukraine said that Germany is ready to support sanctions against Nord Stream 2 if Russia starts using the pipeline as a weapon.