In spite of the great differences that exist in the energy conditions of International Energy Agency (IEA) member countries, Hungary supports plans to expand the organization’s interaction possibilities in order to increase the safety of energy supply and maintain affordable prices, National Development Minister Tamás Fellegi said in a statement issued by the ministry on Thursday.
EU member states are not under pressure to give up their national sovereignty in energy policy, unlike in other areas, Fellegi said after participating in a two-day IEA ministerial meeting in Paris.
The minister also discussed cooperation at bilateral talks with his Canadian, German, Norwegian and Slovak counterparts in Paris.
At talks with his Canadian counterpart Joe Oliver, Fellegi discussed the possibility of joint investment projects, including ways the Canadian nuclear industry could participate in Hungary.
He discussed with the German delegation, led by Hans-Joachim Otto, what role Hungarian companies could play in the developments to supplement power plant capacities lost due to the shutdown of Germany's nuclear power stations.
At the meeting with the Slovak partners, participants reviewed the forthcoming moves related to the construction of the Hungarian-Slovak gas pipeline, which is part of the North-South Energy Corridor. Hungary will be able to receive gas deliveries from the North through the pipeline.
Fellegi also met Norwegian energy minister Ola Borten Moe, and discussions on the technical and political conditions of possible Norwegian gas imports will continue at an expert level in the coming months, the statement said.