Sweden and Finland give Nord Stream the go-ahead

The Swedish and Finnish governments decided to grant permits on Thursday to allow the Nord Stream consortium to construct an undersea gas pipeline through their "exclusive economic zones" (EEZ) in the Baltic Sea.

In separate statements, both countries said they had set tough conditions to ensure protection of the Baltic Sea environment, with Finland insisting that "the project should be implemented in conformity with the precautionary principle". Sweden's government said it had asked the consortium "to clarify the possible impact of the project".

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