The EC hopes to receive EU permission to negotiate with Russia on «to Northern stream-2»

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in Photobacterium for the Nord stream gas pipeline 2. Archival photoThe EC hopes to receive EU permission to negotiate with Russia on «to Northern stream-2»© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

The European Commission (EC) expects to receive from the EU mandate for negotiations with the Russian side on creation of a special legal basis on which, in the opinion of the EC, should work the future gas pipeline «Nord stream — 2,» said Vice-President of the EC Maros Sefcovic at a press conference on Thursday.

«We hope to support this mandate,» he said.

The project «Northern stream — 2» involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The new pipeline is planned to be build next to the «Nord stream».

On the «Nord stream — 2» is not subject to all the rules of the internal market of the EU third energy package, since the tube will not pass through the ground part of the EU, but will go through the sea. Therefore, the EC wished to reach agreement with the Russian Federation regarding some key principles that it wished to extend the operation of this pipeline.

Among these principles is the transparency of the operation of the pipeline, the establishment of non-discriminatory tariffs for pumping gas, third party access to the ability to pump gas, and separation activities for the sale and transportation of gas, previously reported in materials of the EC.

The EC is also seeking to bring the future gas pipeline under the action of a number of EU rules, under which he now does not fall, approved the draft mandate for the negotiation with Russia. This mandate must be approved by the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on this occasion that he considers necessary a special EU mandate, but «legal issues should be clarified».

The EC hopes to receive EU permission to negotiate with Russia on «to Northern stream-2»As far as Europe is dependent on Russian gas

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