FM Szijjarto: Central Europe’s energy security Europe’s responsibility
Strbske Pleso, Slovakia, March 13 (MTI) – The responsibility for ensuring energy security in central Europe lies with the whole of Europe not only with the region and the EU must therefore play a part in it, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.
The foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four states, the Nordic Council and the Baltics all agreed about energy security being the “hottest topic” in central Europe, he said.
“As a result, it is a rightful expectation that the European Union should finally give answers about which energy investment projects would get support from European institutions,” Szijjarto said.
Establishing a north-south infrastructure would represent “real progress” for the region, he said, calling the Slovak-Hungarian gas interconnector the only genuine step in this direction.
Szijjarto stressed the need of diversifying the sources and routes of gas supply to Europe.
He noted that Russia wants to supply the gas originally intended for the aborted South Stream project to Turkey. It remains to be seen, however, through which route that gas may reach central Europe, he said, adding that the options will be discussed in Budapest in April by ministers of Hungary, Greece, Serbia and Macedonia as well as high-ranking EU officials.
In addition to energy security, the two-day meeting focuses on Eastern partnership, the situation in Ukraine and terrorism.