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Hungary-Slovakia foreign ministers discuss interconnector, infrastructure cooperation

Int’l Relations

A Hungarian-Slovak gas pipeline is still in test mode, but the two countriesʼ governments are making all possible efforts to put the interconnector into a commercial operation as quickly as possible, foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after discussions with Miroslav Lajcak, his Slovak counterpart, in Budapest yesterday. 

The two were discussing bilateral economic and infrastructure development projects. The two governments have started drafting plans on linking the Hungarian and Slovak electricity networks,  Szijjártó told a press conference after the talks.

The two countries are preparing several cross-border infrastructure development projects that include launching a new ferry service on the Danube, he said. Another project is the construction of a new bridge linking Hungaryʼs Komarom with Slovakiaʼs Komarno (Révkomarom), for which the two countries have submitted a joint bid for EU funding, Szijjártó said.

Hungary and Slovakia will open 21 new border crossing points under a project in the autumn, the foreign minister said. The European Commission (EC) has given go-ahead to the Hungarian-Slovakian gas interconnector pipeline after a change in the ownership structure of Magyar Gáz Tranzit (MGT), the state owned company operating the interconnector, but still several months may be needed until the pipeline becomes fully operational, daily Népszabadság wrote in the middle of March.

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