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Serbia ignores EU rules on TurkStream extension

Belgrade has rebuffed requests by the Energy Community to make changes to the NTGP, and its failure to adhere to EU rules is likely to push it further out of Brussels' orbit Belgrade has rebuffed requests by the Energy Community to make changes to the NTGP, and its failure to adhere to EU rules is likely to push it further out of Brussels' orbit.
By Silvia Favasuli 6 days ago Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 34037
Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. (Gazprom)

The key issue: Serbia is pressing ahead with its section of the so-called South Stream Lite pipeline project. Serbian Minister of Energy and Mining Aleksandar Antic said last week that construction on the New Transmission Gas Pipeline is due to start in April.

While Serbia’s non-EU status means the European Commission cannot prevent the extension of Gazprom’s TurkStream pipeline into Serbian territory, the EU’s opposition could have implications for the country’s future membership of the bloc and push Belgrade and the surrounding region further into...