Ukraine should remain a transit country for gas – European Commission

The European Commission believes that the third energy package of the European Union should be fully applied to the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream-2.This was stated by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Laun / Illustration REUTERSThis was stated by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Laun / Illustration REUTERS

Ukraine should remain a transit country for gas to Europe.

As a UNIAN correspondent reports, this was stated by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Laun at a press conference following the 23rd Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev.

“It is obvious and invariable for the European Commission that Ukraine is and should remain a gas transit country,” she said.

In addition, she also noted that the third energy package of the European Union should be fully applied to the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream-2.

Gas transit through Ukraine:

Transit of natural gas through the Ukrainian gas transmission system (GTS) in January-September 2021 decreased by 17% compared to the same period last year – to 32.6 billion cubic meters.

“Operator of GTS of Ukraine” offers about 80 million cubic meters. m per day of additional capacity for gas transit to Europe, but the results of the auctions show that Gazprom is not interested in increasing supplies.

The Ukrainian GTS is used by less than a third of the total transit capacity of 146 billion cubic meters. m per year. These unused capacities, which are twice the capacity of Nord Stream 2, can be used to increase gas supplies to the EU.

On October 1, Gazprom  stopped the transportation of gas through Ukraine to Hungary. This was a consequence of the signing between the parties of a new long-term contract for the supply of gas bypassing Ukraine and provokes an increase in gas prices in Europe.

The third energy package: what you need to know

The direct requirements of the Third Energy Package are the separation of the pipeline operator from the influence of Gazprom, as well as the provision of free access for buyers to purchase gas and subsequent booking of transit capacities. And this is only possible if a gas sale point is established at the exit from the Russian gas transmission system – in Ust-Luga.

Providing free access only to Nord Stream 2 without Russia’s unblocking the Ukrainian transit route would run counter to the principle of solidarity, which is mandatory in accordance with the European Court’s decision.

(C)UNIAN 2021

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