EU ambassadors have agreed to toughen regulations on a controversial gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, but they have decided not to back plans that might threaten its completion.
Work on the 1,225km (760-mile) Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea is set to end this year, but it has angered several EU countries.
The EU wants to bring pipelines coming into the bloc under its energy rules.
But Germany feared that would make the new pipeline uneconomic and unviable.
In the end 27 of the bloc’s 28 ambassadors reportedly agreed to a Franco-German compromise.
France said it was delighted that Germany had agreed to place Nord Stream “under European control”, and in return Germany is likely to remain as lead negotiator on the project.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also praised the deal.