A debate has arisen in the media concerning the degree of detail in which the route of the Russo-German gas pipeline has already been decided. It has been claimed that European Parliament and Council Decision No 1364/2006/EC(1) of 6 September 2006 fixed its route.
Does the Commission consider that the route of the Russo-German gas pipeline has already been decided in detail in that decision? Furthermore, does the Commission consider that the pipeline absolutely has to follow an underwater route? Could it not just as well go overland, so that it can become a TEN-E project?