Paris agrees to compromise on Nord Stream 2 oversight after pushing for EU control

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France and Germany have struck a compromise allowing Berlin to remain the lead negotiator with Russia on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe, a proposed deal showed Friday. France, a pivotal player in the EU gas talks, had said earlier it would support European Union oversight of new offshore energy pipelines, a move that could have crippled plans for the undersea pipeline between Russia and Germany. But France and Germany have now agreed to oversight from the “territory and territorial sea of the member state where the first interconnection point is located,” according to a copy of the draft obtained by AFP. The pipeline is due to emerge at the German Baltic port of Greifswald, from where gas will be distributed to other EU countries. The draft text replaces the older wording stating the EU rules on gas imports will be applied by “the territory of the member states” and or the “territorial sea of the member states”. The draft compromise was submitted to a meeting of the EU…

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