Poland supports EU bodies that aim to block controversial pipeline - Prime Minister

The Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline violates the principle of diversification which is at the heart of the European Union's energy security, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told PAP on Wednesday.

In an open letter published by the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday, seven German members of parliament and the European Parliament urged Berlin to give up the controversial Nord Stream 2 project, quoting the principle of European solidarity.

The German parliamentarians argue that the project calls into question Europe's solidarity with Poland, the Baltic states, Slovakia and Ukraine, as well as Denmark and Sweden, and leads to a political division of Europe.

The Russia-Germany Baltic seabed gas pipeline, dubbed Nord Stream 2, will supply Russian gas directly to Western Europe, bypassing eastern EU members, which they see as a threat to the region's and the EU's energy security.

PM Morawiecki stressed that the Polish government was "pleased with yesterday's appeal by European and German MPs."

"Nord Stream 2 violates the diversification principle which is at the heart of the EU's energy security. The second pipeline increases Europe's dependence not only on a single supplier, but also on a single transit direction," the Polish head of government stressed.

"We've been stressing for a long time that the Nord Stream pipeline violates the European energy security architecture. Both EU institutions and German deputies argue it is not only a political project, but a politically harmful one," the prime minister said.

"Therefore we take our own active steps and we support the EU's institutions in their actions aimed to block the construction of Nord Stream 2," the prime minister declared.

Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine oppose the Russia-Germany Baltic seabed gas pipeline, dubbed Nord Stream 2, arguing that Russia's partial dependence on Ukraine for the transfer of its natural gas to Western Europe keeps Moscow in check and prevents it from blackmailing Eastern Europe with gas cuts.

Poland has been making efforts to place the pipeline under EU regulation, arguing it is a political project undermining energy security in the EU.

Nord Stream, the original pipeline already in place, was not subject to EU regulation, but the European Commission now wants to change the rules for the second line of the east-west gas transfer facility.