Hungarian FM criticizes Romania again for failing to invest in interconnecting the natural gas networks

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Romania and Croatia have not carried out the necessary investments to interconnect the natural gas transmission infrastructure, said Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto after a meeting in Budapest with the Vice President of European Commission (EC) Maros Sefcovic.

Central and Eastern Europe – including Hungary – are vulnerable in terms of energy security, he said after the meeting.

And the fact that Romania and Croatia have not made the necessary investments for building interconnectors of gas networks – despite bilateral agreements with the European Union (EU) – hamper the construction of infrastructure, Szijjarto said.

Budapest will do everything possible to meet the needs of Hungary’s energy security and seek to serve this objective by interconnecting electricity supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe, Szijjarto added.

Hungarian Minister also insisted on building a strategic pipeline of high capacity to connect Central and Eastern Turkey.

In February Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Hungary “is blocked by Romania and Croatia” regarding the gas transmission, pointing out that the two countries have not concluded the networks’ interconnectors.

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