The EU Council will consider the issue of the EC mandate on the «Nord stream-2»

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in photobacteria stream-2. Archival photoThe EU Council will consider the issue of the EC mandate on the «Nord stream-2»© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

The Estonian presidency of the EU Council in the coming weeks will be to work on the question of granting the European Commission a mandate for discussion with the Russian side the possibility of creating a special legal framework for the operation of the future gas pipeline «Nord stream-2», said the Minister of transport and infrastructure of Malta, now presiding in the EU, IDA Mizzi (Joe Mizzi).

The European Commission is committed to bring the future gas pipeline under the action of a number of rules of the European Union, under which he now misses. Earlier, the EC adopted the draft mandate for the negotiation with Russia. This mandate must be approved by the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in mid-June that he considers necessary the results of the special EU mandate for negotiations on the project «Nord stream-2», but legal issues should be clarified.

Energy Ministers of EU countries at a meeting on Monday discussed the EC proposals on the mandate and expected not provided it to the European Commission. Work on the document continues.

«The Estonian presidency said (during the meeting) that they are ready to work on this mandate in the coming weeks,» said the Minister to journalists. Now in the EU Council’s presidency of Malta, from July 1 Estonia starts the presidency, which will run until the end of the year.

On the «Nord stream-2» is not subject to all the rules of the EU internal market, the 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.

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