German top diplomat says Nord Stream 2 certification halted for non-compliance with EU

Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister

© APA | Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister

# 13 December 2021 18:41 (UTC +04:00)

Germany’s regulator has suspended the certification of the Nord Stream 2 operator due to its non-compliance with the EU’s energy regulation, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said as she arrived at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, APA reports citing TASS.

"The Federal Network Agency has suspended the certification process due to the existence of clear regulation in European law regarding the energy area on unbundling and other issues of the [company’s] structure," she said when asked, which organization acknowledged the project’s non-compliance with the EU rules.

Baerbock said in an interview with the ZDF TV channel aired on Sunday, that the project "fails to comply with the regulation" of the EU so far, and it "cannot be approved."

To start pumping gas, Nord Stream 2’s operator has to obtain the green light from the German regulator. The certification has been suspended since the Swiss-headquartered operator Nord Stream 2 AG must register a subsidiary in Germany. Until that is accomplished, the certification process has been frozen.