Germany was unable to remove restrictions from the Nord Stream-2

  • Germany was unable to remove restrictions from the Nord Stream-2

Kiev: The German parliament could not vote for changes to the European directive, which remove the restrictions on the use of Nord Stream-2. The corresponding decision was put to a vote there on the night of November 8, but there was no quorum in parliament.

This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to its own correspondent.

So, for the decision to remove restrictions on the use of Nord Stream-2, 133 deputies voted out of 355 necessary.

The day before, the Ukrainian government called on Germany not to vote for these changes.

“Ukraine greatly appreciates Germany’s consistent support of our sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as reforms. In this case, we are talking about the "sovereignty" and "integrity" of European security as a whole, regarding which Ukraine has shown itself as a reliable partner. And we are counting on the solidarity of Germany”, - the Ukrainian government reported on the evening of November 7.

On November 6, an amendment was registered in the German parliament that would abolish the restrictions that European directives impose on Nord Stream-2.

What changes are we talking about?

Recall that at the beginning of 2019, the European Commission adopted a new energy directive, which extended the European legislation to pipelines that join the EU gas transmission system. That is, the effect of these directives was extended to Nord Stream-2, which begins in Russia and ends in Germany.

The European rules, in particular, stipulate that a gas supplier (in the Russian case, Gazprom) cannot own a pipeline that supplies energy. Thus, Gazprom could not single-handedly supply gas to Europe through the Nord Stream-2 pipeline; the pipeline capacity could be underestimated or forced to unbundle Gazprom.

German MPs propose amendments to their legislation that implements the action of the EU directive. So, if, in accordance with the law, the new rules applied to all pipelines commissioned after May 23,

2019 (that is, to Nord Stream-2 after its launch), then the German deputies proposed to cancel the date. Thus, the question of whether to extend the new rules to the pipeline "will be decided individually".

Note that in the case of the launch of Nord Stream-2, Russia will be able to completely abandon the transit of its gas through Ukraine. This transit annually brings Ukraine about $ 3 billion in revenue. On December 31, 2019, the contract between Ukraine and Russia on gas transit ends. The state has not yet concluded a new contract, and negotiations on it, which are taking place with the participation of the European Commission, are unsuccessful.

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