The amendment to the gas directive was proposed by the European Commission in November 2017.The European Council on April 15 formally adopted an amendment to the so-called gas directive which aims at closing a legal gap in the EU’s regulatory framework and boosting competition in the gas market. This meant that the rules governing the EU’s internal gas market would in future also apply to pipelines to and from third countries. The new directive entered into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.The overall objective of the amendment to the gas directive was to ensure that the rules governing the EU’s internal gas market apply to gas transmission lines between a member state and a third country, up to the border of the member state’s territory and territorial sea. Among the main elements of the EU gas market rules, which are set out in the gas directive from 2009, are ownership unbundling, third-party access, non-discriminatory tariffs and transparency requirements.The amendment adopted in April provided for the possibility of derogations for existing pipelines to and from third countries, as well as clear procedures for negotiations with third countries and for exemptions regarding new pipelines.Nord Stream 2 was designed as two parallel 48 inch lines, roughly 1,200 kilometers long, each starting from south-west of St Petersburg and ending at German coast, Greifswald. Nord Stream 2’s natural gas pipelines will have the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Russian gas a year to the EU, for at least 50 years.Nord Stream 2 gas project map; Source: Nord Stream 2 AGOffshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Gas directive amendment Nord Stream 2 AG, a subsidiary of Russia’s Gazprom and operator of the Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipeline, has brought an action for annulment of the amendment to the EU Gas Directive before a court “because of discrimination.”Pioneering Spirit installing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Swedish waters. Source: Nord Stream 2 AGNord Stream 2 AG brought an action for annulment before the General Court, a constituent court of the Court of Justice of the European Union, on Thursday, July 25, 2019.Nord Stream 2 AG said on Friday it had requested that Directive (EU) 2019/692 amending the EU Gas Directive be annulled because of an infringement of the EU law principles of equal treatment and proportionality.According to the company, this would lead to the cancellation of Directive (EU) 2019/692 as the amendment was clearly designed and adopted for the purpose of disadvantaging and discouraging the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.“We as a prudent investor are committed to protecting our investments. But the amendment to the Gas Directive is not only harmful to Nord Stream 2. Such obvious discrimination against an individual commercial investment also undermines the ability of the EU’s internal market to attract investments for making the energy transition a reality,” says Matthias Warnig, CEO of Nord Stream 2 AG.Furthermore, Nord Stream 2 reserved the option to defend its rights under international law by proceeding separately with arbitration against the EU pursuant to the investment protection guarantees of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).On April 12, 2019, Nord Stream 2 AG triggered the three-month consultation period during which parties must seek an amicable settlement before a notice of arbitration can be served.On June 25, a meeting took place between the European Commission and Nord Stream 2 aiming at an amicable settlement under the rules of the ECT. Until today, an amicable settlement has not been reached, and this three-month period has now expired.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) Thursday, May 8, celebrated the International Children’s Mental Health Day under the theme, “Inspiring Resilience, Creative Hope.”The event, held on the compound of the Health Ministry, brought together government officials students and community dwellers.Speaking at the occasion, Yeetlen Niapeh, a Medical Health practitioner at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) urged parents to promote resilience amongst their children in order to help them solve their mental challenges; adding that they (parents) should be resilient in their speeches and activities.She noted that Liberia has no mental health facilities and medications to help children combat mental health issues.“We do not have mental health facilities here, so parents, community dwellers, and family members should help children in the process. Mental health problem is difficult to the upbringing of every child, so we must take a step in helping these children, because they are our future and Liberia wants the best of them,” she said. Madam Niapeh highlighted peer pleasure, early marriage and teenage pregnancy as some of the challenges that lead to mental health disorder in children.She recommended to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare that a policy be put in place to address cases of mental illness in children.“I will also want to recommend that the Catherine Mills Mental Health facility is rehabilitated. With that we will have a starting point and from there, we know where to go again.”She also called on school authorities to create counseling sections in our schools because, the children spend most of their hours in school,” she said.Also speaking, Mrs. Theresa J. Grandoe, Deputy Chief of Interpol Liberia National Police, acknowledged that mental health problems are originated from the home and family.She noted that most family members tend not to know about their children’s daily activities, adding that as a result, many children get involved to move around with the wrong friends.She also urged parents to report to the LNP if they have cases of exploitation against their children, because exploitation is one of the main causes that lead to mental health disorder.“Liberia needs a strong law to combat drugs trafficking. We need to join hands to track down culprits that are making the lives of our children difficult and stop them from escaping. We have started what we call the Yellow Notice. This is to help trace perpetrators of crimes. Once you have a case of sexual violence and exploitation, just report the case and if we enter it in our data base, we can track down criminals no matter where they are,” she stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)