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Parliamentary questions
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11 October 2016
Question for written answer E-007689-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Gunnar Hökmark (PPE)

 Subject:  Energy Union and Nord Stream 2
 Answer in writing 

On 10 May 2016 Commissioner Arias Cañete addressed Parliament on the issue of Nord Stream 2.

The Commissioner stated that an expansion of the pipeline would mean ‘26% of all European Union gas consumption and 80% of Russian gas imports on a single route’ and that ‘due to the size, the route and the strategic character, it would probably change the architecture of today’s European gas market and further increase the dominance of Gazprom in the western European gas market’.

In June 2016, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in a letter addressed to eight Member States, stated: ‘The impact of a pipeline such as Nord Stream 2 goes beyond the legal discussions. If built, Nord Stream 2 could alter the landscape of the EU’s gas market while not giving access to a new source of supply or a new supplier’.

This is all the more true after Gazprom announced that it intends to build the USD 11 billion gas pipeline on its own, following the falling apart of the joint venture behind the project in July 2016.

— Given all of the above, what is the Commission’s assessment of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline’s legal compatibility with EU legislation and the goals and ambitions of the Energy Union?

— Can the Commission indicate for when the final legal assessment is foreseen?

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