Baerbock: Nord Stream 2 erfüllt noch immer nicht EU-Anforderungen

11 Jan. 2022 13:42 Uhr

As tensions between the Russian Federation and US-led NATO continue to escalate, Secretary of State Baerbock has stated that the Baltic Sea pipeline connecting Russia with Germany will not be certified even though the pipeline is essentially ready to deliver natural gas.

The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project does not yet meet the European Union’s requirements for certification. The procedure will remain suspended until the operator makes changes, said the German Foreign Minister on Monday.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper The print Annalena Baerbock pointed out that the future start of Nord Stream 2 will have geopolitical effects and that the new government in Berlin is therefore demanding that all requirements be met before certification.

The pipeline’s approval, which could have been granted this month, was suspended in mid-November after the Federal Network Agency insisted that operator Nord Stream 2 AG set up a German subsidiary. The German Ministry of Energy has described the suspension as a regulatory matter and an intermediate step, and the process will resume if the company moves.

Baerbock, a member of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, was appointed Foreign Minister in December following the coalition agreement with the Social Democratic Party and the Free Democratic Party. Before the cabinet was formed, Chancellor Olaf Scholz had signed a far-reaching agreement that also included a new policy in relation to the controversial pipeline. According to Baerbock:

“Our federal government clearly stated in the coalition agreement that energy projects in Germany must meet European requirements, and that also applies to Nord Stream 2. This is currently not the case, so the certification process has been suspended.”

The Foreign Minister also pointed out that Berlin has an agreement with the US that provides for tough measures against Russia if Moscow uses energy as a “weapon” against Ukraine.

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Nord Stream 2 was completed in September and now connects Russia with Germany without crossing a third country. This means that once the gas transit is commissioned, it will be less dependent on third parties, which will lower the price of the raw material. It is vehemently opposed by politicians in Washington and Kiev who claim it will increase Europe’s dependence on Russian gas and reduce the continent’s energy security.

In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the pipeline was ready to go into operation, sending natural gas to the rest of Europe. According to Putin:

“As soon as you [die europäischen Partner] make a decision to put the pipeline into operation, large additional volumes of Russian gas will flow into Europe immediately. “

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