The MV Climate Foundation wants to remove all references to Nord Stream 2 from its statutes. “We want to make it clear that the foundation no longer has anything to do with Nord Stream 2,” said Erwin Sellering (SPD), board member of the foundation, on Sunday when asked by the German Press Agency. The newspaper “Die Welt” had previously reported. According to the report, the foundation’s board of directors has already taken the necessary decision, which is now before the supervisory authority for approval.
Sellering justifies this step with the attitude of the federal government: It no longer supports the pipeline, which is why the foundation will also change its statutes. The Foundation’s economic operations have stopped any work on the pipeline.
Foundation was controversial from the start
The climate foundation was founded in early 2021 following a parliamentary resolution. She was controversial from the start. One goal of the foundation is to spread the idea of climate protection. At the same time, however, the foundation should also support the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for Russian natural gas. The reason was US sanction threats against companies involved in the construction – the foundation was supposed to act as a kind of protective shield. The line has been completed – with the support of the foundation. However, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it has not received an operating license from the German authorities.
Two opposing legal opinions
Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) has been criticized for sticking to Nord Stream 2 for a long time. There are allegations that Russian forces have pulled the strings in important areas of the foundation. Schwesig played a key role in setting up the foundation in 2021. Today the state government is pushing for a dissolution, which the board of directors Sellering believes is not legally possible. There are two opposing legal opinions.