Germany appeals EU court's decision on OPAL

Germany appeals EU court's decision on OPAL

Germany has appealed the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union to limit the use of the OPAL gas pipeline by Gazprom, an official with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs said.

At the same time, the official pointed out that the filing of the complaint has no suspensive effect on the court’s decision.

"The Federal Network Agency has already taken all necessary measures to implement the decision," TASS cited the official with the ministry as saying.

It was noted that further proceedings in the European Court will be held in accordance with European procedural law.

In September, on considering Poland’s lawsuit, the EU Court of Justice overturned the European Commission’s decision dated 2016, according to which Gazprom could fully use the capacity of the OPAL gas pipeline, meaning 36 bln cubic meters per year. The Russian company reserves the right to use half of OPAL’s capacity. Following the decision, Gazprom slashed supplies via OPAL and started boosting gas transit to Europe through Ukraine.