EU energy ministers at the meeting on Monday did not expect to give the European Commission the mandate to discuss with the Russian side the possibility of creating a special legal base for the operation of the future Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, the discussion of this document will continue, a source in the EU familiar with the matter told RIA Novosti.
The European Commission seeks to bring the future gas pipeline into line with a number of EU rules, to which it now does not fall. Earlier, the EC approved a draft mandate for conducting relevant negotiations with Russia. This mandate must be approved by the EU countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in mid-June that she did not consider issuing a special EU mandate for negotiations on the Nord Stream-2 project, but legal issues should be clarified.
"Several European Union countries reminded of their fears that this project could have a negative impact on the security of the EU energy supply and the goals of the Energy Union, and welcomed the European Commission's request for a mandate The text will be considered during the Estonian presidency, "the source said.
Now the EU Council is presided by Malta, with 1 July begins the Estonian presidency, which will last until the end of this year.
"Nord Stream - 2" does not apply to all the rules of the EU internal market, the third energy package, since the pipe will not pass through the land part of the EU, but will go across the sea. Therefore, the EC expresses its desire to reach an agreement with Russia on a number of key principles that it would like to extend to the work of this gas pipeline.
Among these principles are transparency of the gas pipeline operation, non-discriminatory establishment of tariffs for pumping gas, third-party access to the ability to pump blue fuel, as well as separation of gas sales and transportation activities, previously reported in the materials of the EC.