On November 8, the German parliament has rejected a law which regulates EU Gas Directive amendments aimed at impeding the realization of the Nord Stream 2 project.
The EU Gas Directive regulates the use of the final 12-mile pipeline stretch. According to this directive, different companies should have rights to this gas and be its provider.
On November 6, it became public that the ruling coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), as well as the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) are proposing a bill that allows to circumvent the EU Gas Directive.
On January 18, 2018, Germany submitted a joint proposal to the European Commission in which it expressed doubts about the EU Gas directive. On February 8, 2018, Germany and France reached an agreement to amend this directive. The amendments meant that the pipeline project for Russian gas would not be blocked. However, on April 4, 2019, the EU adopted amendments which hurt the Gazprom’s interests.
According to the experts, the European bureaucracy is working for US interests which, aim firstly at disrupting cooperation between Russia and Europe in the sphere of energy, and secondly, at replacing cheap Russian gas with its own expensive liquified gas.
It is worth noting that the amendments to the European law had buried the South Stream gas pipeline project from Russia to Bulgaria.
The German publication Handelsblatt previously reported that Gazprom established an entity that would have control over the last 12 miles of the Nord Stream 2. Thus, the EU Gas Directive requirements will be complied with by the Russian side.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency