19:29 May. 2, 2016
Earlier, eight E.U. member states expressed their disapproval of Kremlin's planned gas pipeline project
The European Commission' position on Russia's planned Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline remains unchanged: the project cannot be implemented according to Russian rules, it must fully comply with the European legislation.
This was confirmed by European Commission's representative Yakub Adamovich in Brussels, on May 2. Adamovich commented on the letter addressed to E.U. Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Canete by Manfred Weber, leader of the European Parliament EPP (People's Party) political group.
"The Commission has received the letter and will respond in due course. The Commission has made clear its position on the Nord Stream-2 project many times before. Both vice president Shevchovich (Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union), and Commissioner Canete stressed the Commission is concerned if the project will impact security of supply, the E.U. diversification strategy, and, in particular, the future of Ukrainian transit, " Adamovich said.
The speaker said that a few days ago Vice-President Maros Shevchovich also expressed the Commission's position on the legislative aspect of the project. "If the Nord Stream-2 is built, it must fully comply, like any other infrastructure project, with the European legislation, including legislation in energy and environment sectors", Adamovich quotes Shevchovich as saying.
Adamovich adds that the E.U. legislation also applies to the "off-shore infrastructure, which are within jurisdiction of the E.U. member states, including their exclusive economic zones."
"Nord Stream-2 cannot be implemented only in accordance with the Russian laws. If Nord Stream-2 is built, it must work under laws, which take into account our rules in the energy market, "Adamovich stressed.
In September 2015, Russia's Gazprom formed a consortium of European energy firms including E.ON, BASF/Wintershall and Royal Dutch Shell, to develop the Nord Stream-2 pipeline - the Baltic undersea pipeline to Germany - which would allow Russia to bypass Ukraine completely from 2019. According to Ukraine's former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, if Russia and some Western companies build a Nord Stream-2, it will deprive Ukraine of USD 2 bln transit fees.
Earlier, eight E.U. member states submitted a letter to E.C. President Jean-Claude Juncker where they expressed their disapproval of the Nord Stream-2 project. They said Nord Stream-2 would increase European countries dependence on Russian gas and be deeply damaging for Ukraine, currently the main transit route for Siberian gas to Europe.
Recently, Janez Kopač, Director of the European Energy Community Secretariat, said the European Union does not need Russia's planned Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from an economic point of view.