EU members contest Nord Stream plan
GREIFSWALD, November 27, 2015 – Ten EU nations have voiced a position that Russia’s planned Nord Stream extension of a gas pipeline network to Germany runs contrary to EU interests and could further destabilise Ukraine.
The letter, sent to the European Commission and seen by Reuters, called for a high-level summit meeting on the issue.
Signatories included the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – as well as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
The proposed Nord Stream gas link would deliver gas through two parallel subsea pipelines directly from Russia to the German port of Greifswald.
The EU has been looking for ways to decrease its dependence on Russian gas, particularly since the conflict in Ukraine escalated in early 2014.