EU Changes Attitude towards Nord Stream-2 Gas Pipeline

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The EU has decided not to attempt to block construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline more.

EU Changes Attitude towards Nord Stream-2 Gas Pipeline

Photo: Kommersant / Alexander Shcherbak

The EU has refused all its attempts to block construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, the Wall Street Journal newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, the EU authorities have long been under the pressure of several states, the main of which was Poland, but now Brussels wants to remove the concerns of these countries with the help of Moscow.

Earlier, the European Commission sent an official letter to the heads of the energy departments of Sweden and Denmark, in which clearly stated that it sees no reason to file a lawsuit against the Nord Stream-2.

As the Wall Street Journal noted, Brussels has concluded the discussion on the implementation of this project.

At the same time, the European Commission admits that the counteracting can lie only in a political context, there are no legal grounds for impeding the construction. In addition, the EU rules do not apply to the offshore part of the pipeline.

The Nord Stream-2 is a large-scale project of construction of two lines of a gas pipeline from the Russian coast to Germany through the Baltic Sea.

The gas pipeline’s capacity is supposed to be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. According to the Gazprom company, the project’s cost reaches 9.9 billion euros.

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