The European gas directive fully applies to Nord Stream 2 – President of the European Commission


The EU gas directive, which establishes the rules of the European gas market for all gas pipelines entering the EU from third countries, including in terms of demonopolization and third party access to their operation, fully applies to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said this during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and European Council President Charles Michel following the EU-Ukraine summit in Kiev on Tuesday, October 12, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“As we have stressed on several occasions, the 2019 gas directive, the third energy package, fully applies to Nord Stream 2. For the Commission, what is clear is that Ukraine remains and must remain a reliable transit country, ”said von der Leyen.

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At the beginning of October, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU, Michal Bobek, recognized the right of Nord Stream 2 AG to challenge in court the provisions of the third energy package, the European gas directive.

The Ukrainian government has called the currently abnormally high gas prices in Europe as leverage from Russia to speed up Nord Stream 2 certification and to shield the pipeline from the effect of the European gas directive.

On September 10, the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom announced the completion of the gas pipeline built between Russia and Germany bypassing Ukraine at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The only shareholder in the project is Gazprom. The pipeline is currently awaiting certification by the German regulator.

Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic States and the United States oppose the project.



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