EU Energy Policy

Revised EU Gas Directive faces legal hurdles

A proposal to extend the EU Gas Directive to cover pipelines from third countries has come under increasing scrutiny from legal experts and stakeholders A proposal to extend the EU Gas Directive to cover pipelines from third countries has come under increasing scrutiny from legal experts and stakeholders.
By Andreas Walstad 9 March 2018 0 29940
Sections of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Germany. (Nord Stream 2)

Stakeholders and legal experts remain unconvinced that the European Commission’s proposal to extend the EU Gas Directive to include pipelines from third countries such as Russia, Norway and Algeria is compatible with international law.

Pipelines importing gas to the EU, such as the proposed Nord Stream 2 project, are subject to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, transit rules under the international Energy Charter Treaty, and World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), Ana...