"RREC provided tangible input towards organization and technical support of the Dialogue on Environment between EU and Russia and successfully implemented coordination of negotiation process"

Ulrich Weins. Head of the Department on Science and Environment, European Comission Delegation to Russia

Nord Stream Project

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) of industrial projects of transboundary significance is one of the areas of common interests of Russia and the EU. Nord Stream Project (initially known as the North European Gas Pipeline Project) is a project for construction of a gas pipeline on the seabed across the Baltic Sea. It touches the interests of 9 states.

The gas pipeline will run on the seabed from Vyborg (Russia) to Greifswald (Germany). The construction is scheduled to commence in 2010 ().

The main targets of the project are:

  • Inform the public of the Baltic region about the plans relating to the implementation
  • of the Nord Stream Project;
  • Education of the public in the Baltic region about the threats to the environment associated with the construction and operation of the gas pipeline;
  • Draw the attention of the public and independent experts to the EIA procedure in connection with the Nord Stream Project;
  • Support the interrelations between the NGOs of the Baltic region at the regional and international levels;
  • Initiate the dialogue between the public and Nord Stream AG.

The key events:

  • The Round Table of the public organizations of Baltic region confined to the Conference of the Parties of HELCOM was held on February, 2008.
  • International working meeting of the public organization of Baltic region was confined to the Forum of Baltic NGOs, which is usually followed by the regular meeting of the ministries of foreign affairs within the Council of Baltic States.
  • “White book“ of Nord Stream, which gives the answers to 200 questions regarding the project from all interested Baltic states, was introduced to Russian public.
  • The NGO expert prepared independent analysis of potential risks of both pipeline routes, given that Finland insists on changing the route of the pipeline from north to south around Gogland island.
  • Information about the status of EIA procedure in Russia presented at the meeting of the international coalition “Clean Baltics”, which has member from a few Russian NGOs of Baltic region.