Rules to regulate Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Updated February 09, 2019

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In this May 15, 2018 file photo, floating excavators prepare an underwater trench for the North Stream 2 pipeline close to Lubmin, Germany.—Reuters
In this May 15, 2018 file photo, floating excavators prepare an underwater trench for the North Stream 2 pipeline close to Lubmin, Germany.—Reuters

BRUSSELS: Euro­pean Union nations backed a plan to regulate Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline on Friday, a move that will likely slow but not rule out its construction.

The long-stalled agreement comes after a last-ditch German and French push to amend the draft and give Berlin a greater say in how to ensure the pipeline to carry Russian gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea complies with EU law.

Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the vote as an example of Berlin’s close ties with Paris after the two major European powers, which both have firms invested in the project, were publicly at odds ahead of the EU meeting.

Published in Dawn, February 9th, 2019