Vice Chancellor of Germany: We will not pay compensation if Nord Stream 2 does not comply with EU law The Vice Chancellor noted that if Nord Stream 2 does not comply with EU law, Germany will not pay compensation. At the same time, he admitted that Germany is dependent on Russia in terms of energy resources
Germany will not have to pay compensation if the national regulator recognizes the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline inconsistent with EU law. This was stated in an interview with Der Spiegel by the head of the German Ministry of Economics, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck.
“At present, the Federal Network Agency has suspended the certification procedure. If it is renewed, this procedure will have to decide whether the conditions for approval in accordance with German and European regulations have been met. And if this is not the case, then compensation is not due, & quot;, & mdash; he said.
According to him, the great dependence of Germany on Russia in terms of energy resources— “it's a fact.” The minister also noted that Nord Stream 2 “has always been a geopolitical project” because once it is completed, Russia may stop using Ukrainian transit facilities.
Habek said the July agreement between Berlin and Washington that says if energy is used by Russia “as a weapon” remains relevant, there will be consequences. “Russia knows that crossing the red lines will immediately lead to tough sanctions that have long been prepared,” — the minister added.
On the completion of the Nord Stream 2 construction; Chairman of the Board of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller reported in September 2021. The pipeline is ready for operation. In order for the project to start working, it must be approved by the German regulator, which suspended certification in November last year.
To complete the certification procedure, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG project needs to create a subsidiary in Germany, which will take control of the German section of the gas pipeline. Thus, the organizational and legal form of Nord Stream 2 will be brought into line with German law, the regulator explained.
At the same time, the German Federal Network Agency noted that a decision on certification of the gas pipeline is not expected in the first half of 2022. In December, German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock said that it was impossible to put the gas pipeline into operation, since it does not comply with the energy rules of the European Union.
The Russian Foreign Ministry urged not to delay or link the certification of Nord Stream 2 with politics ;. “The procedure for its certification by the German regulators and the European Commission should not be artificially delayed and politicized,” — said the ministry.
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