In Strasbourg, representatives of the European Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament agreed on draft amendments to the EU Gas Directive on the “Nord Stream 2” project.
The amendments should improve the existing Gas Directive and ensure the application of the principles of EU energy legislation (third party access, tariff regulation, division of ownership and transparency) to all gas pipelines to and from third countries.
“Today’s agreement fits this goal. It ensures that the provisions of the Gas Directive are applied in the EU (land and sea) and provide effective supervision of the implementation of EU internal market rules by national authorities, which are controlled by the Commission. This is an important step towards a well-functioning, transparent and competitive EU domestic gas market, where all suppliers act in accordance with EU rules”, the message says.
New rules will increase competition between gas suppliers and increase energy security throughout the EU.
First, the updated Gas Directive should be translated into the languages of the EU member states. After, it must be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, and it must be integrated into the national legislation of the Member States within 9 months after publication in the Official Journal of the EU.
It was reported earlier that Germany and France agreed on the “Nord Stream 2”. On February 8, 2019, the countries met in Brussels to discuss the “Nord Stream 2” issue. Two countries submitted proposals for amendments to the Gas Directive, which they agreed with the European Commission.
One of the proposals was that responsibility for gas pipelines with third countries, such as Russia, lies with the country where the gas pipeline is for the first time connected to the European network. Thus, all decisions on the “Nord Stream 2” will be taken by Germany.
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