RIGA, November 5. /Corr. Evgeniy Antonov/. The European Commission (EC) must review the project of the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2” for compliance with the EU legislation. This statement was made on Thursday by the Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Rõivas after talks in Riga of heads of governments of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Ukraine.
“We have serious suspicions that this project does not meet the third energy package of the EU. I urge the EC to seriously look into this issue,” he said.
The project “Northern stream-2” became one of the topics for discussion at a meeting on Thursday in Riga the meeting of the Prime Ministers of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma, Lithuanian Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, Estonia Taavi Rõivas and Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk. “We are all extremely concerned about the project “Nord stream-2,” said Straujuma journalists after the talks.
“Nord stream-2” should not pose a threat
On this occasion, spoke Slovak Prime Minister Robert fico. According to him, implementation of construction plans of the Russian gas pipeline “Nord stream-2” could pose a threat to the economic interests of Slovakia and contradicts the priorities of the Energy Union of the EU.
“We have the feeling that the concept of “Nord stream-2”, that is agreements between Russian “Gazprom” and some Western companies, something is not right. This feeling occurs from the point of view of the priorities of the Energy Union”, – said the Prime Minister. According to him, in Slovakia, there are serious concerns that it will be removed from current transit chain of Russian gas to Western Europe.
At the same time, fico expressed confidence that it would be found to comply with Slovakia and the EU decision on the “Nord stream-2”. “I believe that there is a solution that will not pose a threat to implementation very good idea of the Energy Union of member States of the EU through the territory of which the transit of Russian gas to Europe or for those who are dependent on this gas. Believe that there will not be a threat to the energy security of Ukraine”, – he said.
Earlier Thursday, economy Minister of Slovakia Hudák, Vasil also expressed the opinion that “the project “Northern stream-2″, to a certain extent is a threat to Slovakia as a transit country”. “It is aimed against the traditional route of oil to the West through Ukraine and Slovakia,” he said.
4 September 2015 Gazprom and BASF, E. ON, ENGIE, Shell and OMV signed the shareholders agreement for the establishment of the gas pipeline system “Northern stream-2”. Throughput of the pipeline will be 55 billion cubic meters per year. Gas will be supplied through the Baltic sea directly to Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, Denmark and other countries bypassing Ukraine. Thus, the strategic energy flows bypassed Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine.