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Common rules for gas pipelines entering the EU internal market [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (2nd edition),

Updated on 4.7.2018

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In November 2017, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal to apply key provisions of the 2009 Gas Directive to gas pipelines between the European Union (EU) and third countries. The proposal would apply EU internal gas market rules up to the border of Union jurisdiction, and Member States would need to cooperate with third countries to ensure full compliance with EU rules. The ITRE committee adopted a report in March 2018 together with a decision to enter into inter-institutional negotiations before first reading. The Council has not yet reached a position but continues to discuss the proposal at working party level.

This legislative proposal is seen by many observers as part of a broader response by the EU to the Gazprom-led Nord Stream 2 project. The Commission has publicly expressed its opposition to Nord Stream 2 and has asked the Council for a mandate to negotiate an agreement with Russia. A 2016 European Parliament resolution on natural gas expressed strong criticism of Nord Stream 2.

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2017) 660 of 8.11.2017

procedure ref.: 2017/0294(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Jerzy Buzek (EPP, Poland)
Shadow rapporteurs:





Dan Nica (S&D, Romania)
Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR, Poland)
Morten Helveg Petersen (ALDE, Denmark)
Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL, Cyprus)
Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)
Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)
Next steps expected: Opening of trilogue negotiations


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