Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (3rd edition, updated on 27.03.2019),
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 seeks to apply EU internal gas market rules up to the border of the EU. Member States would need to cooperate with third countries to ensure full compliance with EU rules. The revised directive is seen by many observers as a part of the broader EU response to the Gazprom-led Nord Stream 2 project, which the European Commission publicly opposes.
The Parliament adopted its position on the gas directive in plenary on April 2018, whereas the Council only adopted its general approach on 8 February 2019. However, this was swiftly followed by a single trilogue meeting on 12 February 2019 at which the EU institutions reached a provisional agreement. The agreed text needs now to be formally adopted by both Parliament and Council.
|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)
Benedek Jávor (Greens/EFA, Hungary)
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)
Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)
|Next steps expected:||First-reading vote in plenary|