In Sweden opposed the «Nord stream-2»

© Photo : Nord Stream 2/Wolfram ScheibleТранспортировка pipes for gas pipeline Nord stream — 2. Archive photoIn Sweden opposed the «Nord stream-2»© Photo : Nord Stream 2/Wolfram Scheible

Most of the political parties of Sweden in favour of blocking the construction of Russian gas pipeline «Nord stream-2», according to Sveriges Radio.

The radio station interviewed the representatives of various political parties about their attitudes to this project, and almost all of them voted to prevent the construction of pipelines.

«Nord stream-2″ is a bad offer in terms of energy policy and the environment, and in terms of security policy. We actively advocate that by all possible means to stop this project», — said the representative of the Moderate coalition party’s EU Affairs Karin Enstrom.

The MEP from Christian democratic party of Sweden Lars Adaktusson stressed that «Russia does not respect international law,» citing as an example the situation with Georgia and Crimea. Therefore, he believes that it is important to find other ways to ensure the EU’s energy without becoming dependent on Russia.

The Chairman of the green party in the Council for EU Affairs in the Parliament Jonas Eriksson pointed out that Sweden previously faced difficulties in applying international law against the «Nord stream-2», therefore the decision of the European Commission about changing the law that allows you to block the project.

Member of the Council of the European Union and member of the Left party’s Jens Holm stated that Sweden would support this initiative of the European Commission, regardless of the outcome of the vote, which will take place on Sunday.

«If we want to stop the import of natural gas to Europe, we will be able to do it. Need to find a legal space or to publish new laws. Nothing more complicated and not required. The project «Northern stream — 2″ will be blocked», — said the Deputy.

The Initiative Of The European Commission

In November last year, the European Commission has proposed to adopt amendments to the Gas Directive of the EU. Their goal is to make it so that certain norms of the energy legislation of the European Union was applied not to some, but to all pipelines in the EU, which go from or to third countries. These laws include, in particular, non-discriminatory tariffs for pumping gas, third party access to the ability to pump gas, separation activities for the sale and transportation of gas. Now these standards do not apply to marine gas pipeline sections.

Before approving the amendments should be agreed in the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. At first, these European institutions formulate and argue their common position on the bill, and then begin to search for a joint compromise version of the document. If a compromise is found, the innovations approved by the extra EP and the EU Council and can enter into force.

Amendments to the Gas Directive is still being discussed at the working group level in the EU Council and did not receive the support of all EU countries. Consequently, the document is not yet able to rise to the next level — a joint discussion by the Council and the EP.

«Nord stream-2»

The project «Northern stream-2» provides for the construction of two pipelines from the Russian coast to Germany through the Baltic sea. The pipeline will be laid next to the existing «Northern stream». It will pass through the territorial sea or the exclusive economic zone of countries located off the coast of the Baltic sea — Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Of these countries, the company 2 the Nord Stream AG, the operator of the «Nord stream-2», left to obtain a construction permit only from Denmark.

Against the implementation of the «Nord stream-2» are a number of countries, in particular Ukraine, which fears to lose the income from the transit of Russian gas and the USA with ambitious plans for exports to Europe of its LNG.

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