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EU court throws out challenge from Nord Stream 2

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 21, 2020
Europe’s second highest court Wednesday rejected a challenge by the operators of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 against European Union gas rules, saying it was up individual member states to enforce them.
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Nord Stream 2, designed by Russia’s Gazprom to increase direct shipments to Europe, will carry gas from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

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The Swiss-based operating company Nord Stream 2 had said the EU rules, which require separate companies to build, operate and own pipelines, would weaken the basis for funding the project. It turned to the courts to annul a relevant EU gas directive amendment adopted last year.

The general court Wednesday dismissed the challenge, saying the directive amendment did not directly affect the pipeline and responsibility for enforcing the relevant EU law lay with the member states.

“Concerning both Nord Stream 2 AG and Nord Stream AG, the General Court finds that they (the companies) are not directly concerned,” the court said in a statement.