Germany sees Nord Stream 2 as a primarily commercial project that is essential to energy security. The Bundestag adopted the legislation through a simple majority vote.
Germany's Economic Minister Peter Altmaier stressed that Germany would need more gas for its energy supply during the interim period between the transition from coal and nuclear energy to renewable energy. Germany must have "sufficient energy at all times at affordable prices", he said. "This means that we also have an interest in the Nord Stream 2 project being realized together with our European partners."
The rules applicable in the EU will apply to gas pipelines owned by non-EU countries, if they pass through the territory of EU member states, and will prohibit one company from simultaneously engaged in both gas production and transportation. Other rules relate to setting competitive tariffs and access to a 3rd-party gas pipeline. The changes proposed by the Bundestag relate to the section of the gas pipeline, which is located in the territorial waters of Germany.
The European Commission initially insisted on its own regulative authority over the pipe. Now the decisions to grant an exemption under the new energy package will be taken by the Bundesnetzagentur at the request of the operating company by May 24, 2020.