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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2018
E-006140-18
Question for written answer E-006140-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martina Werner (S&D)

 Subject:  Possible US sanctions against European companies taking part in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline
 Answer in writing 

During the midday press briefing of 14 November, the Commission’s chief spokesperson, Margaritis Schinas, when asked about the Commission’s position on possible US sanctions against companies taking part in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, affirmed that the Commission’s priority was implementing a contract of trust with the United States.

This is somewhat at odds with the stance adopted by President Juncker, as reported in a European External Action Service (EEAS) press release of 26 July 2017 entitled ‘US draft bill on Russia sanctions: European Commission ready to act to protect European interests’, that the Commission would be ready to act should the US take measures with unilateral effects that impact the EU’s energy security interests.

1. What caused the Commission to change its stance?

2. To what extent does the Commission believe that US sanctions against companies taking part in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline could affect the energy security interests of the EU?

3. How would the Commission react in the event of US sanctions against European companies taking part in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline?

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