BERLIN, September 22. / TASS /. The process of forming the next ruling coalition in Germany could stall and the future cabinet of ministers is unlikely to shut down Nord Stream 2, Bundestag Economic and Energy Committee Chairman Klaus Ernst said on Wednesday , in response to TASS’s request.
“I consider it unrealistic that the future federal government could stop the project, even if it wanted to. I am happy that the project is finally coming to an end,” he said. Ernst “doesn’t think the new German government will be formed by December,” the Left Party politician added.
Elections for the Bundestag will take place in Germany on September 26, after which a new government and a new chancellor will appear in the country. The German Green Party, which opposes Nord Stream 2, is likely to enter the cabinet of ministers. The current government led by Angela Merkel has stressed that construction of the pipeline should be completed.
The construction of Nord Stream 2 was fully completed on September 10. Before pumping can begin, the project operator must submit certificates of compliance with technical standards to the Stralsund Mining Authority. It should also be registered as an independent transport operator – the federal network agency (Bundesnetzagentur) is to issue the certification by January 8, 2022. The agency cannot ban gas pumping, but is it starts before the registration is finalized, the operator will be fined.