EU court docket adviser says Nord Stream 2 can problem EU guidelines


BERLIN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Swiss-based Nord Stream 2 AG is entitled to problem EU gasoline guidelines, an adviser to the EU’s high court docket mentioned on Wednesday, saying that the court docket ought to annul final 12 months’s ruling in opposition to the pipeline operator.

The discovering, if confirmed by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), would give Nord Stream 2, a venture led by Gazprom (GAZP.MM), one other avenue in its authorized battle to spice up its gasoline gross sales to Germany.

Europe’s second highest court docket final 12 months rejected a challengeby the operators of Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 to EU gasoline guidelines that require the house owners of pipelines to be totally different from the suppliers of the gasoline that flows in them.

The court docket had mentioned the directive modification didn’t immediately have an effect on the pipeline, and accountability for imposing the related EU regulation lay with the member states.

The adviser to the CJEU mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday that there had been an error of regulation within the General Court’s ruling.

Judges on the CJEU sometimes comply with opinions of the advocate common, however will not be sure to.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan, enhancing by Thomas Escritt

A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, Germany, September 10, 2020.   REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo