Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline certification has stopped in Germany because the Russian gas pipeline does not yet comply with the requirements of the European Union. This was stated by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock, La Stampa reports.
According to her, the country's government has stipulated in the coalition agreement that all energy projects in the Germany must comply with European requirements, in particular Nord Stream 2. She also noted that the issue of launching a project has a geopolitical character.
"Today, it is not so, so the certification process is stopped," Annalena Baerbock said.
At the same time, the Baerbock believes that "political responsibility is to ensure that each resident of Europe, regardless of the level of income, could afford electricity and heating."
"Therefore, it is important to strengthen European energy independence," Baerbock stressed.
Earlier, it was reported that Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, designed to transport Russian gas to Europe by the bottom of the Baltic Sea, according to Gazprom, was ready for operation.
In mid-December, the President of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) in Bonn Jochen Homann said that the final decision on Nord Stream 2 certification will not be adopted in the first six months of 2022. Previously, the Agency stopped the Nord Stream 2 certification process, noting that it will be possible only after the Nord Stream 2 AG operator, based in the Swiss city of Zug, presents the necessary documents on the establishment of a separate company for managing the gas pipeline.
In this case, the Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck does not rule out the termination of the Nord Stream 2 project.