A Common EU Framework Regulating Import Pipelines for Gas? Exploring the Commission's Proposal to Amend the 2009 Gas Directive

(2019) Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law (open access contribution), DOI:10.1080/02646811.2019.1569873

Leiden Law School Research Paper Forthcoming

16 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2019 Last revised: 18 May 2021

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Leigh Hancher

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Anna-Alexandra Marhold

Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden Law School

Date Written: February 13, 2019

Abstract

This contribution investigates the form and content of a new and updated European Union (EU) legal framework intended to regulate third-country import pipelines for gas, including the ‘upstream’ component of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The article will first set the scene and examine the essential features of the current legal regime regulating import pipelines in the EU and explore its extraterritorial dimension, including the discussion of the allocation of competences between the EU and its Member States. Subsequently, the paper will explore the newly proposed EU legal framework for import pipelines as set out in the Commission’s proposal to amend the 2009 Gas Directive. It will focus on three crucial, interlinked dimensions: (1) the proposed form of such legislation; (2) the applicability of the framework to existing and new pipelines entering the EU (scope); and (3) a potential derogation and exemption regime for import pipelines.

Keywords: Gas; European Union; Nord Stream; Gas Directive; Extraterritorial Effect

JEL Classification: D62; F1; F13; F15; F18; F19; F5; F55; F64; F68; H23; H40; H41; H71; K00; K1; K19; K21; K32; K33; L50

Suggested Citation

Hancher, Leigh and Marhold, Anna-Alexandra, A Common EU Framework Regulating Import Pipelines for Gas? Exploring the Commission's Proposal to Amend the 2009 Gas Directive (February 13, 2019). (2019) Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law (open access contribution), DOI:10.1080/02646811.2019.1569873, Leiden Law School Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3335471

Leigh Hancher

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

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Anna-Alexandra Marhold (Contact Author)

Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden Law School ( email )

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Netherlands

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