Romania’s Energy Minister Sebastian Burduja held a meeting with Hungary’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto in Bucharest on Wednesday (8 November) to discuss energy cooperation.
“The war of Russia against Ukraine has created the premises and the necessity for Europe to eliminate dependence on Russian gas. Indeed, there is no transition without transportation and distribution; infrastructure is essential. Pragmatism is needed, and we must work together,” said Minister Burduja.
The meeting between the two sides laid the “foundations” for a future memorandum of cooperation in green energy between Romania and Hungary, Romania’s Energy Ministry said in a press release. The meeting “underlined” the importance of continuing cooperation in the energy sector between the two states, especially regarding increasing the level of interconnectivity, both for electricity and natural gas.
“In this sense, today in Bucharest, we laid the foundations for a future memorandum of cooperation in the field of green energy between Romania and Hungary, which is most likely to be signed later this month. I welcome Hungary’s intention, expressed during the meeting, to diversify its sources and supply routes. Since the beginning of my term, I have emphasised the importance of ensuring energy security as the main objective. As I mentioned this morning at the Romanian International Gas Conference – RIGC2023, politics must be taken out of energy, but we cannot take geopolitics out of energy,” the Romanian minister added.
Hungary’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister reiterated the invitation to Minister Burduja to participate in a ministerial meeting of the Steering Committee planned in Budapest later this month on 21 November. The committee was established by the provisions of a Strategic Partnership Agreement in the development and transport of green energy (the “green corridor” project) between the Governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania, and Hungary signed in 2022.