The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, urged the EU countries to accelerate the work on the legislative blocking of Russian project Nord Stream-2, Polish Radio reports.
In particular, Tusk appealed to the leaders of the EU countries with a letter which main message is the rapid development of the draft amendments to the gas directive, which the European Commission proposed a few days ago.
In Brussels, it was previously noted that the rules should apply to all gas pipelines also intended for the import of raw materials, including by sea. Until now, the directives of the EU could not find an unambiguous answer, how to treat segments on international waters. This opened up the possibility of different interpretations and forcing the Nord Stream-2 project.
As is known, Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream-2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. It is assumed that the 1200-kilometer gas pipeline will be laid across the Baltic Sea and will connect Russia and Germany, bypassing Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be twice as much as that of the first Nord Stream, and the construction is planned to be completed by the end of 2019.