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Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries

Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries

MEPs have approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press statement of the European Parliament.

MEPs adopted an overhaul of EU gas market rules on Thursday with 465 votes to 95, and 68 abstentions to extend EU rules (including EU competition rules) to all pipelines entering the EU from non-EU countries. The amended rules will create a more competitive EU gas market by making sure that the ownership of pipelines entering EU territory is separate to that of gas supply. Pipelines must become accessible to other operators, as is already the rule for internal EU gas pipelines. Consumers would benefit from more competition and hence lower prices.

The amended rules give exclusive competence to the EU when it comes to agreements on new EU gas lines with non-EU countries, also for granting exemptions. The Commission may authorise the member state, in which the pipeline’s first entry point is located, to open negotiations on gas delivery from a new pipeline from a non-EU country, unless it considers this to be in conflict with EU law or detrimental to competition or security of supply.

For existing pipelines (connected to EU pipelines before the entry into force of this directive), a member state can decide on a derogation within one year after the entry into force of the directive if it is not detrimental to competition.

More details:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190402IPR34673/natural-gas-parliament-extends-eu-rules-to-pipelines-from-non-eu-countries

Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

 

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