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Pipeline from Russia: France set to vote against Germany

In the dispute over the natural gas Pipeline Nord Stream 2 France against Germany. As the French foreign Ministry announced on Thursday in Paris, supported by France, an Amendment to the EU Directive to enable the EU Commission to regulate the Pipeline project is significantly more stringent. Berlin, the new law rejects, however, strictly.

It ran but still negotiations about a possible Change to the text, said a spokesman for the foreign Ministry. First, the "Süddeutsche Zeitung had reported" over the dispute between Berlin and Paris.

By the 1200-Kilometer long pipeline to Russian Gas flow to Europe, the pipes in the Baltic sea are already moved to a quarter. Especially the United States, but also Eastern European States, the billion project is critical.

Specifically, it is in Brussels to Amend the EU Gas Directive. Additional requirements could make the controversial Pipeline project less profitable or even uneconomic, it had welcomed.

The planned Amendment of the Directive provides for a separation of the corporate responsibility of the gas supply and mains operation. In the case of Nord Stream 2 both lies in the hands of the Russian energy group Gazprom. The law should be negotiated in Brussels on Friday.

German economic worries

in the face of headwinds from France, the concern for the pipeline is growing in the German economy-the Nord Stream project 2. It was "very questionable" that an economically meaningful project will put into question due to "irrelevant political considerations and the continuing pressure from the United States," said the Chairman of the Committee on Eastern Europe Association of German industry, Wolfgang Büchele, the editorial network Germany (RND/Friday editions).

the Pipeline project companies from several European countries were involved financially, including from France. "The United States claimed, and now apparently also in Paris, feared Europe's dependence on Russian Gas supplies is a myth," said Büchele the Newspapers.

"Europe needs more gas imports"

Although about 30 percent of the natural gas were currently in the EU from Russian sources, however, Gas have a share of under ten per cent of the European energy mix, he said. In addition, the European Supply through the Expansion of liquefied natural gas to be diversified Terminals. "The USA and EU countries such as Poland follow the firm's own economic interests," said Büchele.

The German chambers of industry and Commerce (DIHK) said to the RND-Newspapers, the economic importance of gas imports. "Europe needs more gas imports", said DIHK-CEO Martin Wansleben. "The European funding is rapidly declining and at the same time industry, households and power plants need in the next few years, more rather than less Gas."Private-sector projects such as Nord Stream 2 or more LNG Terminals could make a contribution, "to ensure the long-term a cheap and safe supply with natural gas".

(oli/sda/afp)

Created: 07.02.2019, 18:42 PM

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