President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor will join the statement against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project which was signed by the Speakers of the parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland in Vilnius yesterday.
“Estonia considers Nord Stream 2 a political project,” Nestor said. “We wish that the Council of the European Union started discussions on updating the Gas Directive as soon as possible.” According to the proposed changes to the Gas Directive, all gas pipelines entering the European Union territory from non-EU countries have to comply with the rules of EU energy legislation. “The joint statement of the parliaments supports these principles,” Nestor said.
“I have informed my colleagues of my decision to sign the joint statement,” Nestor added. “The reason I am doing this today is simple. I sign only those statements on behalf of Estonia that I have acquainted myself with beforehand. The statement was born in the cooperation of Lithuania and Poland. This morning I, too, received the text of the statement, and I decided to join it.”
Yesterday in Vilnius, Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Latvian parliament Ināra Mūrniece and Speaker of the lower house of the Polish parliament Marek Kuchciński signed a statement against the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline running along the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
According to the statement, the aim of Nord Stream 2 is not diversifying of gas sources, but increasing the energy dependence of the EU, especially Central and East Europe, on Russia, and thus preserving their vulnerability.
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