The court rejected the appeal of the operators of the “North stream” gas EU Directive

Суд отклонил апелляцию операторов "Северного потока" на газовую директиву ЕС

BRUSSELS, may 20 (Reuters) – the European court of General jurisdiction, the penultimate court of Europe, on Wednesday rejected the appeal of the operators of the gas pipeline “Nord stream 1 and 2 Nord stream” against the amendments to the gas Directive of the European Union, indicating that the document does not affect these companies.

Last year, the company 2 the Nord Stream AG Nord Stream AG, the operators of the pipelines, appealed to the European court of General jurisdiction with the request to cancel amendments to the gas Directive of the EU. The amendment includes a provision stating that the pipeline can not be directly owned by the gas suppliers and the requirement to provide a minimum of 10% of transmission capacity to third parties.

On Wednesday, the court dismissed the appeal.

“As for Nord Stream AG and 2 Nord Stream AG, the court considers that they are not affected directly changed by the Directive”, – reads the statement of the judge.

The Federal network Agency of Germany has provided the pipeline “Nord stream” possibility of derogating from the application of the fundamental provisions of the EU Gas Directive, said the Nord Stream AG on Wednesday. The decision is valid for 20 years from December 2019.

(Kate Abnett. Translate Vladimir Sadykov. Editor Dmitry Antonov)

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