France supports revising Gas Directive against Nord Steam 2?
France is set to signal its support for revising the Gas Directive, which is effectively a vote against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the EU, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported citing French government sources.
Paris sources said the move is because of concerns in Eastern Europe that this new pipeline will leave them vulnerable to Russian geopolitical pressure, Express reported.
"We do not want to increase our dependency on Russia and thereby harm the interests of EU countries like Poland and Slovakia," the newspaper cited the source as saying.
The voting will be held tomorrow. Germany already has the support of the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Greece and Cyprus for the pipeline, but without the backing of France it stands to lose ground.