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Policy & Regulation

Romania raises the stakes with revised EU Gas Directive

Romania is trying to push through changes to the directive that would give the European Commission more power to intervene in negotiations between EU states and third countries such as Russia Romania is trying to push through changes to the directive that would give the European Commission more power to intervene in negotiations between EU states and third countries such as Russia.
By Andreas Walstad 21 January 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 33852
The South Stream project was halted after the commission said its IGAs were incompatible with EU law. (Gazprom)

Romania has proposed changes to a draft EU Gas Directive that could hand Brussels more powers regarding third countries, although some see it as an attempt to promote the country’s own interests and aspirations for Black Sea development.

The draft – proposed by the Romanian Presidency of the EU and published after a working group meeting in Brussels on 15 January – suggests the commission should be given the power to refuse to authorise negotiations between EU states and third countries if they...