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EC presses on with overhaul of Energy Charter Treaty

The European Commission wants to push through changes to the Energy Charter Treaty, but it will need support from EU member states as well as non-EU countries to get its way The European Commission wants to push through changes to the Energy Charter Treaty, but it will need support from EU member states as well as non-EU countries to get its way.
By Andreas Walstad 17 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34229
Pipe-laying for the Nord Stream 2 project. (Gazprom)

The European Commission this week asked for a mandate to represent the EU in the renegotiation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) in a move to try to better align it with EU energy policy.

It is now up to the Council of the EU – representing the 28 member states – to decide whether to give the commission this mandate and whether to accept its recommendations for a negotiating position.

The timing of the commission’s proposal is not a coincidence. Although the need...