Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas addresses, among other topics, unbundling of energy supply and generation from transmission. It also promotes non-discriminatory network access and aims to strengthen the independence of regulators.
In November 2017, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a targeted revision of the 2009 Natural Gas Directive COM (2017/0660 final), which is currently under negotiation. The proposed amendment extends key provisions of the gas directive to cross-border gas pipelines with third countries, or more specifically, to those parts of the pipelines that fall within the territory of the EU. The provisions include third party access, unbundling, transparency and non-discriminatory tariff regulation. The amendment would impact Nord Stream 2 in particular.