gas Pipeline through the Baltic sea is very controversial, because it can deprive Ukraine of vital revenue as a transit country for Russian gas. Another heavy objection is that it increases the EU's dependence on Russia – at a time when Moscow several times previously used energy supply and gas and oil supplies as a national security tool.
the united states has also threatened the German companies involved in the project with sanctions – something Russia said is the pressure, in order to sell more expensive american gas.
Gerhard Schröder is chairman of Nord Stream aktieägarkommitté. German chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the gas pipeline is only an economic project that ensures cheaper and more reliable gas supplies.
the EU has been difficult chipped in relation to the project. But now has a German-French compromise adopted by the ambassadors from the countries of the union.
– The French-German compromise has been adopted almost unanimously, " says one of them.
in Brussels on Friday, it is required that all the wiring with the imported gas will reach up to EU energimarknadsregler: the wires should not be able to direktägas of the gas suppliers, the prices should be equal for the buyer and at least ten percent of its capacity shall be offered to a third party. The agreement makes it more difficult and more expensive to build the pipeline, but it is not forbidden.
Because the pipeline will go from Russia to Germany, it shall also continue to be the Berlin, who handles the main negotiations with Moscow.
the Draft agreed upon by the parties may be adjusted, inter alia, the EUROPEAN parliament approve the agreement.