The EU appears to have left the door open for Gazprom’s controversial gas pipeline project to pour more Russian gas into Europe. The European Commission on Wednesday struck a provisional deal with the European Parliament and the EU’s 28 member states to tighten the rules on gas imports into the bloc. The new rules will govern all import pipelines, including Gazprom’s planned Nord Stream 2 project, to guard member states against unfair tariffs or anti-competitive practices. One of the key points rules out gas suppliers from owning the pipeline infrastructure transporting their gas into the EU. However, the EU-wide rules leave enough wriggle room for Germany to approve exceptions, which is likely to include a derogation for the Nord Stream 2 project. They also remove the opportunity for Denmark, which opposes the pro ject, to veto its route through Danish waters to Germany.
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