The Hungarian minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Szijjarto has told a joint press conference with the Romanian counterpart Teodor Melescanu in Cluj-Napoca on Monday that a high-speed train linking Budapest to Bucharest via Cluj should be a priority.
He argued that the transport infrastructure is developing in Europe, particularly on the railways.
“A good piece of news is that we are going to double the number of the connections through highways between Hungary and Romania by 2020, now we have one, we’ll have two. This is no reason to be proud of, but we hope that we’ll have two official border points out in those ten temporary ones in the future. At the same time, the transport infrastructure in Europe is mainly developed on railways. We consider that the project of a high-speed train linking Budapest to Bucharest through Cluj must be a priority. So, in a first stage, Budapest will be connected to Cluj and the second stage will see the two capitals connected (…),” Szijjarto said.
He also announced that a bilateral project on the energy security is under way, so that the transport of 4.4 billion cube meters of gas should be available between Romania and Hungary by 2022.
“Due to the cooperation of our system operators, we’ll already have the possibility to transport gas from Romania to Hungary in 2019, and we’ll be able to transport 4.4 billion cube meters of gas should be available between Romania and Hungary by 2022. It’s good to have success stories,” the head of the Hungarian diplomacy pointed out.