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France set to undermine Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal

By Hugolas_Madurez following x   2019 Feb 7, 1:38pm 265 views   0 comments   watch   nsfw   quote     share    


Paris has signaled it will support changes to EU guidelines regulating gas imports. Germany has thus far ignored opposition to its project, but it may not be able to any longer.

France's Foreign Ministry has signaled its intention to vote for changes to the EU's Third Energy Package Gas Directive regulating gas imports when the topic comes up for discussion Friday in Brussels.

The proposed changes would effectively extend existing rules to cover offshore pipelines. The posture signals a direct confrontation with Germany over the construction and operation of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline that Berlin is currently building with Russia.
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Germany has been lobbying EU partners to support the German-Russian project, but has made little progress in allaying criticism, mostly from eastern and central European states, as well as Ukraine and more recently — and more vocally — from the United States.
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Critics say the project puts European energy independence at risk, giving Russia outsized control over supplies. Nord Stream 2 will be operated by the Russian gas giant Gazprom, and deliver Russian natural gas to Germany via a Baltic Sea pipeline. The EU rule changes would also bar suppliers from operating their own pipelines.
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Although Russia accounts for 30 percent of gas imports to Europe, natural gas makes up less than 10 percent of the bloc's overall energy mix. The United States is keen to increase sales of LNG to Germany and the EU, which is likely one major reason President Donald Trump has been so vocal in his opposition to the Nord Stream 2 project.
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https://www.dw.com/en/france-set-to-undermine-nord-stream-2-pipeline-deal/a-47414743
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