The German Bundestag refused to vote on the merits of the proposal put forward by the Green Party to stop the Nord Stream 2 project by a majority of votes; it was submitted to the relevant committee.
“We vote on the point of submitting the proposal to the relevant committee (on the economy and energy of the German Bundestag – ed.). This is the faction of the ruling coalition, the Free Democratic Party and the Left faction. Who is against? This is the Alternative for Germany and Union 90 / The Greens “. Who abstained? Nobody. Thus, the transfer has been decided,” said Bundestag Vice-President Petra Pau, chairing the session, adding that the Bundestag is not voting on the merits on this proposal today.
Earlier, the Greens faction submitted a proposal to the Bundestag to stop Nord Stream 2. The faction did not provide any arguments or justifications why the project should be stopped, and the document does not say anything about the cost of costs that Germany will have to pay to the commercial partners participating in the project.
The proposal says that the German Bundestag calls on the German government “to distance itself from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and to prevent the completion of its construction by appropriate measures.”
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. The United States imposed sanctions on the project in December 2019, requiring the companies involved in the installation to immediately stop construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline.