German regulator's decision on Nord Stream 2 a victory for Poland - Dep PM

The German energy regulator's decision follows a protest against Nord Stream 2's exemption from EU law lodged in March by Poland's PGNiG oil and gas operator. Armando Babani/PAP/EPA

Germany's Bundesnetzagentur energy regulator on Friday refused derogation to the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, thus subjecting it to EU regulations. Polish Deputy PM Jacek Sasin said the decision meant a victory for Poland.

Sasin called the decision "a victory for Poland," which has long maintained that exemption from EU law would put Nord Stream 2 in a privileged position on the EU gas market. He added that it also put the entire project in question.

"This decision puts a big question mark over the whole project, a project which is dangerous for Poland's energy security and for the whole of Europe (...). This is a victory for Poland, and a victory for the principle that there are no 'equal and more equal' players in Europe," Sasin said.

The German energy regulator's decision follows a protest against Nord Stream 2's exemption from EU law lodged in March by Poland's PGNiG oil and gas operator.