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Nord Stream 2 turns to ECJ despite WTO lessons

An annulment of the EU’s extended Gas Directive cannot be ruled out, but the Nord Stream 2 company may find it hard to convince the ECJ that the directive discriminates against the Gazprom-led project An annulment of the EU’s extended Gas Directive cannot be ruled out, but the Nord Stream 2 company may find it hard to convince the ECJ that the directive discriminates against the Gazprom-led project.
By Andreas Walstad 21 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 34510
Nord Stream 2 pipes in Germany. (Nord Stream)

The Switzerland-based Nord Stream 2 holding company brought legal action against the revised EU Gas Directive last month, but a similar case with the World Trade Organization (WTO) suggests getting the directive annulled will be no mean feat.

The decision by the company to take legal action before the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) came almost a year after a WTO panel shot down similar claims raised by Russia.

The Nord Stream 2 company argues the extended directive is discriminatory because...