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Nord Stream 2 AG appeals EU court ruling in Gas Directive action

Directive 2019/692 extends certain rules of the internal market in natural gas to pipelines from third countries

MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Nord Stream 2 AG, the Swiss-based operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, has filed an appeal against the General Court of the European Union’s decision to dismiss the company’s claim against the EU Gas Directive, the press service of Nord Stream 2 AG told TASS on Tuesday.

"Nord Stream 2 AG disagrees with the court’s reasoning regarding procedural issues, and is still convinced that amendments to the Gas Directive are an unlawful discrimination. In connection with that, Nord Stream 2 filed an appeal to the European Court [of Justice] against the ruling of the General Court of the European Union," the company said.

On July 25, 2019, Nord Stream 2 AG initiated an action at the General Court of the European Union against Directive 2019/692, which extends certain rules of the internal market in natural gas to pipelines from third countries. The company argued that this directive constitutes an infringement on the EU law principles of equal treatment and proportionality. On May 20, the court ruled to dismiss the lawsuit for procedural reasons, but stopped short of rejecting it on merits.

Earlier, Nord Stream 2 told TASS it might file an appeal against the ruling until July 30.

In line with the amendments, Nord Stream 2 should be operated by a company independent from Russia’s energy giant Gazprom. Moreover, 50% of the pipeline’s capacity is to be reserved for pumping gas from other suppliers.

In May 2020, Germany’s Federal Network Agency exempted the Nord Stream pipeline from those requirements for the period of 20 years, but refused to do the same for Nord Stream 2.

The Nord Stream 2 project contemplates construction of two gas pipeline strings with the total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters per year from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea. The gas pipeline is 93.5% complete to date. The construction was suspended at the end of 2019 when the Swiss pipe-laying company Allseas stopped work due to US sanctions.