Photo: Thomas Eugster / RIA Novosti
France intends to support the amendments to the Gas Directive of the European Union, which prevent the construction of “Nord stream-2”, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing sources.
Still Paris was not openly stated its position. According to the newspaper, the French side said that the gas pipeline is fraught with a “strategic problem” for Europeans. “We don’t want to increase their dependence on Russia and to harm the interests of EU countries, such as Poland and Slovakia,” — said in the French government.
Germany intends to prevent amendments to the Gas Directive, and it has already managed to enlist the support of Austria, Belgium, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands. However, without France to block the adoption of the amendments will be now extremely difficult, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Under the proposed amendments, the Commission can adjust the intergovernmental agreement on the transportation of gas, to make specific demands to negotiate or deny them. These measures are aimed at reducing the role of Gazprom in the European market and continued competition.
Gas Directive, along with the Third energy package is one of the main documents regulating the European gas market. The European Commission took the initiative edits to it after could not obtain a mandate for negotiations with Russia about the regulation of the “Nord stream-2”.
“Nord stream-2” gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany, which will run under the Baltic sea. The total capacity of the project is estimated at 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The launch is scheduled for late 2019.
Video, photo All from Russia.