On 5 September, the Nord Stream 2 company began laying the first pipes in the Gulf of Finland, thus marking the start of the gas pipeline’s construction.
On 30th November the Danish parliament amended the law on the continental shelf in the section which concerns consent to lay pipelines and cables in Danish territorial sea.
On 28 March, the European Commission sent a letter to the governments of Denmark and Sweden, in which it confirmed its position on Nord Stream 2.
Sweden, Finland and Denmark have seen a revival of the debate on the Nord Stream 2 project in recent months.
The Parliament of Lithuania has appealed to the government to take action to halt the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus.
The LNG terminal puts Gazprom under pressure as the Russian company remains an important gas supplier for Lithuania.
The contract with Statoil will be the first time an alternative to gas supplies from Gazprom has been made possible.
By taking control of Gazprom’s shares, Lithuania has marked the beginning of new relations between Vilnius and the Russian company.
Gazprom must take into account that its position on the Lithuanian market is different today than it was in 2004.
On 12 April the Lithuanian media reported that there was a draft memorandum between the Lithuanian government and Russia’s Gazprom. According to this document Gazprom would reduce the price of gas by 20%. In exchange the Algirdas Butkevicius government would guarantee the safe transit of gas to Kaliningrad, extend the long-term gas contract with Gazprom until 2020, postpone the implementation of the third energy package for 31 October 2015, and freeze all litigation against Gazprom in arbitration and courts.