Nord Stream 2 is a challenge for EU energy policy

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Interview with Agata Loskot-Strachota from the Centre for Eastern Studies

The situation with the Nord Stream 2 Project is very dynamic and not entirely obvious at many levels. On the one hand, we can see that the project is becoming more and more advanced, that it is being gradually financed by those involved, and that other works are being carried out or begun to prepare for the construction of the route.

On the other hand, a number of issues are still unresolved or unfinished – e.g. there are still no consents given for the construction of the gas pipeline in the economic zones of Sweden and Denmark neither the Danish consent for the construction in its territorial sea, the construction of NS2 is complained about by environmental organisations, the question about the impact of US sanctions and the activities of the Polish antitrust regulator on the future of the gas pipeline (including the involvement of EU companies and its financing) remains open and the whole legal context (including the fate of the Gas Directive) is not obvious. Therefore, it is not a foregone conclusion whether, and above all when, the actual construction of the gas pipeline will begin and in what legal environment it will operate.

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