EU Gas Directive fully applies to Nord Stream 2 – European Commission president

EU Gas Directive fully applies to Nord Stream 2 – European Commission president

Ukrinform
The EU Gas Directive, which establishes European gas market rules for all pipelines entering the EU from third countries, including in matters of de-monopolization and third party access to their operation, fully applies to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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

"As we have repeatedly stressed, 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," von der Leyen said.

Read also: Von der Leyen calls on Russia to recognize itself as party to conflict in eastern Ukraine

In early October, Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice, Michal Bobek, recognized Nord Stream 2 AG's right to challenge in court the provisions of the Third Energy Package, the so-called EU Gas Directive.

The Ukrainian government called the current abnormally high gas prices in Europe a lever of pressure from Russia to speed up Nord Stream 2 certification and to remove the pipeline from the effect of the EU Gas Directive.

On September 10, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom announced the completion of the gas pipeline built from Russia to Germany bypassing Ukraine on 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.

op


Let’s get started read our news at facebook messenger > > > Click here for subscribe

While citing and using any materials on the Internet, links to the website ukrinform.net not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. In addition, citing the translated materials of foreign media outlets is possible only if there is a link to the website ukrinform.net and to the website of a foreign media outlet. Citing and using materials in offline media, mobile apps, Smart TV are allowed only with written permission from Ukrinform. News and publications marked as "Advertisement" and "PR" and articles in the section "Releases" include promoted content, and an advertiser is responsible for the content.

© 2015-2021 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Website design Studio Laconica

Extended searchHide extended search
By period:
-