The German Federal grid Agency granted the Nord stream gas pipeline an exemption from the EU gas Directive. This was reported on Wednesday, May 20.
The rules reflected in the relevant European regulations will not apply to the project in Germany for 20 years.
“On May 20, 2020, the Ruling chamber 7 granted an exemption to the part of the Nord stream that passes on the territory of Germany from regulation for a period of 20 years, starting from December 12, 2019,” the report says.
Earlier on Wednesday, the claims of Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 AG against the EU’s decision to extend the norms of the ” gas Directive “to the Nord stream 2 project were rejected by the court of General jurisdiction of the European Union.
Earlier in the day, the claims of Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 AG against the EU decision to extend the norms of the “gas Directive” to the Nord stream 2 project were rejected by the court of General jurisdiction of the European Union.
“The Supreme court found that the Directive does not directly affect the interests of Nord Stream 2 AG and Nord Stream AG,” the court said in a press release.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday that the gas pipeline operator is trying to withdraw the project from the European “gas Directive” and appeal against the refusal of the German Federal grid Agency to exclude the project from the regulation of the third energy package. The Minister expressed confidence that the construction of the Nord stream-2 gas pipeline will eventually be successfully completed.
On May 15, the Federal grid Agency of Germany refused Nord Stream 2 AG to withdraw the Nord stream 2 project from the EU gas Directive. According to EU rules, a gas producing company cannot simultaneously own a gas pipeline. It was noted that the only way to remove the pipeline from the rules of the updated gas Directive was to implement it before May 23, 2019.
The German regulator recommended that Nord Stream 2 AG go to court to appeal their verdict and resolve all disputes. The European Commission suggested that the operator again request Germany to withdraw from the third energy package of the European Union on the basis of a different procedure under the EU Gas Directive 2009.
The Bundestag criticized the Agency’s position regarding the operator of Nord stream-2. In particular, the head of the German government’s Committee on economy and energy, Klaus Ernst, was alarmed that once again the regulatory prerequisites for such a large project were changing.
The Nord stream 2 gas pipeline is being built from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic sea in order to ensure direct gas supplies to Europe.