Alerts 8 June, 2018 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

The gas directive is stuck in the European Council

According to information, works on revision of the gas directive are stuck in the European Council. It is for Austria and Germany, whose companies are financially engaged in building Nord Stream 2, which would be subjected to new law.

Despite actions, in which Polish diplomacy and MEPs took part in, so far the European Council works on the gas directive could not have been launched. According to information, the problem are Austria’s and Germany’s positions, that are less officially supported by Bulgaria and Greece.

As informed, revision of the gas directive was one of the ways to at least delay Nord Stream 2 by bringing up the necessity of negotiations with Russia on conditions of implementing the changed law towards the project. In case the agreement was to be approved by the European Parliament, it could even be possible to block it without the House’s support.

On Monday June 11th, a meeting of EU ministers of energy will take place. Polish representation is to take up the subject of blocking the works on the changes in the gas directive.

Wojciech Jakóbik