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Extension of EU Gas Directive raises questions

An extension of the EU Gas Directive could make offshore pipelines from third countries subject to EU law, but it is uncertain how this would work in practice An extension of the EU Gas Directive could make offshore pipelines from third countries subject to EU law, but it is uncertain how this would work in practice.
By Andreas Walstad 24 November 2017 0 28541
Sections of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. (Nord Stream 2)

Extending the EU Gas Directive to cover pipelines from third countries raises a number of questions about how offshore pipelines will be operated in the future. 

On 8 November, the European Commission proposed amending the EU Gas Directive under the Third Energy Package to cover pipelines entering EU territory from third countries. In addition to Russian connections, the revised directive would cover offshore pipelines from North Africa, Norway and even the UK after Brexit. 

According to the commission, the revised directive would apply to both new...