European Commission has adopted a request to the Council of the European Union for a mandate to negotiate with the Russian Federation the key principles for the operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. This was reported on the official website of the EU body.
"The Commission seeks to ensure that, if built, Nord Stream 2 operates in a transparent and non-discriminatory way with an appropriate degree of regulatory oversight, in line with key principles of international and EU energy law," the message reads.
European Commission explains its decision with the fact that the gas line has to be in full compliance with the EU energy rules under the so-called "Third Internal Energy Market legislative package".
EU Commission announced that Nord Stream 2 project does not contribute to the Energy Union objectives of giving access to new supply sources, routes or suppliers.
"It could allow a single supplier to further strengthen its position on the European Union gas market and lead to a further concentration of supply routes," the message says.
"There is existing, well-functioning gas transportation infrastructure in place to ensure Europe's energy supply. Building Nord Stream 2, would, at the same time, endanger existing transport routes, notably via Ukraine," it was added.