“Nord stream-2”: France will support “complicating” the draft Directive

The representative of the French foreign Ministry said on Thursday, February 7, that Paris would advocate the adoption of new European rules at operation of gas pipelines, which, if adopted, will complicate the implementation of the project “Northern stream-2”. The statement of the diplomat quoted by AFP.

“The revised Directive will be applied to the project “Nord Stream 2″. France plans to support the adoption of such directives,” said Deputy spokesman of the French foreign Ministry, thus confirming that appeared in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung information about the position of Paris “causing excitement” in Berlin.

An unnamed source in the French diplomatic circles told the newspaper that Paris didn’t want to “increase their dependence on Russia and simultaneously to cause damage to such EU countries as Poland and Slovakia”.

We are talking about voting of the EU countries on the issue about changing EU Gas Directive. Vote to be held on Friday, February 8.

The Russian edition Deutsche Welle reminds that under the new rules, proposed in 2017 the European Commission, to the pipelines from third countries should apply the rules of the internal market: for example, the prohibition to supply gas and to simultaneously be the operator of the pipeline. If the changes are accepted, this will seriously complicate the implementation of the “Nord stream-2”, in which the role of provider and operator is “Gazprom”.

In the project “Nord Stream 2”, along with “Gazprom”, engaged the German company Wintershall and Uniper, the Dutch-British company Shell, Engie French and Austrian OMV. The new pipeline is being built along the route of the “Nord stream-1” through territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. At the moment there is a half of the 1,200 km of pipes. The entry into operation of the “Nord stream-2” is scheduled for 2020.

Supporters of the project claim that it will enhance the safety and guarantee of gas supplies to Europe at lower prices. Critics of the project believe that it will increase the EU’s dependence on Russian gas and the new pipeline will enable Moscow to do without the gas transit through the territory of Ukraine.
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