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Parliamentary questions
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13 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001334-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Werner Langen (PPE)

 Subject:  Applicability of the new Gas Directive
 Answer in writing 

On 4 April 2019 Parliament approved the revised Gas Directive. One consequence of the revision is that, for the first time, part of an offshore import pipeline will be covered by that EU directive.

As far as Nord Stream 2 and other offshore import pipelines are concerned, the legislature’s intention regarding the scope of the amended Gas Directive is made clear in Recital 9 of the proposal, which reads as follows: ‘As regards offshore gas transmission lines, Directive 2009/73/EC should be applicable in the territorial sea of the Member State where the first interconnection point with the Member States’ network is located’.

1. Does the Commission agree that, in the case of Nord Stream 2, the amended Gas Directive applies simply and solely within German territorial waters, and not within Danish territorial waters?

2. If so, will the Commission proactively assert that view?

3. If not, on what grounds could the text be interpreted in any other way?

Original language of question: DE 
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