Bulgaria Repeals Law on Higher Gas Transit Fee

Energy Trade

Bulgaria has repealed a law that raised the transit fee for gas from Russia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on Tuesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

During a break at a cabinet meeting, Szijjártó said he hoped the repeal of the measure, which had put Hungary's secure energy supply at risk, marked a return to the earlier cooperation, "based on mutual respect", between the two countries.

Hungary had argued that the higher transit fee Bulgaria levied on its gas from Russia was tantamount to a customs tariff, prohibited on the EU's common market, and threatened to veto the country's accession to the EU's passport-free Schengen zone because of the measure.

Szijjártó noted that, so far this year, Hungary had taken delivery of close to 5.5 billion cubic meters of gas -- more than half of annual consumption -- from Russia through the TurkStream pipeline that runs through Bulgaria.

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