Hungary discusses energy affairs with the US
US and Hungarian officials met in Budapest today to discuss the situation in Ukraine and energy security in Central Europe and Hungary.
Péter Szijjártó, soon to be appointed deputy minister for foreign affairs and external trade, was involved in meetings with Carlos Pascual, the US State Department's special envoy for international energy affairs.
Szíjjártó said that the Ukraine situation demonstrates the need for investing in new transport routes and increasing access to new energy sources. Even though it is also in Europe’s interest that Hungary have bi-directional network connections with Croatia and Romania, Szíjjártó noted that there are still delays in the development of these lines.
He called for efforts to expedite the planned Southern Streeam pipline which would allow the shipment of Russian natural gas through the Black Sea to Bulgaria and further to Greece, Italy and Austria.
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