Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voiced grave concerns about a gas pipeline extension project.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, run by a consortium led by Russian energy firm Gazprom, aims to build new pipelines that would double the capacity of the existing connection from Russia to northern Germany under the Baltic Sea.
It will consist of two additional pipelines that could transport up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas and become a new route for Russian gas exports to Europe.
Many of the MEPs, including Poland’s Jerzy Buzek and Italy’s Flavio Zanonato, today said it goes against the objectives of the Energy Union, threatens solidarity among EU Member States and should be considered from a geopolitical as well as an economic perspective.
The European Parliament stated: “Several MEPs stressed that Nord Stream 2 could not further the aim of diversification but on the contrary would increase dependency on one supplier. Some argued that the project is not justified economically or in climate action terms and instead reflects geopolitical motives. Most MEPs asked the European Commission to put an end to the Nord Stream 2 project as soon as possible.”
Miguel Arias Cañete, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner, added the project would likely change the current setup of the gas market.
He said the Commission has also contacted the German authorities to get all the necessary facts to assess it.