Focusing on Hungary’s energy diversification, Minister Szijjártó said the start of gas deliveries from Azerbaijan, slated for later this year, would be an important step. The foreign minister said the political agreement has been signed already, and trade talks have also been successful. Hungary expects to receive 100 million cubic meters of gas this year already, he said. At the same time, the development of south-eastern European infrastructure is key to the success of the project, he said. Current capacities would not be enough to make a difference in energy diversification, he added. “This is a task for the European Union. [Southeast European countries] are right to expect the EU to fund developments to increase gas delivery capacities,” he said. Chișinău is hosting a meeting of the European Political Community on June 1, which is expected to bring a “decision on developing transport and energy ties between the EU and its border territories,” he said. “We find it unacceptable that the EU rejects funding natural gas infrastructure, and see gas as an important pillar of energy security at present and in the coming years,” he said. Gas from Azerbaijan is a key alternative for Hungary and Moldova too, he said. Earlier in the day, Minister Szijjártó met Prime Minister Dorin Recean, Economic Development Minister Dumitru Alaiba, Sergiu Prodan, the minister of culture.
FM: Hungarian government fully supports Moldova's EU integration
May 25, 2023
Minister Szijjártó highlighted the geopolitical appreciation of the Eastern Partnership program and urged the earliest enlargement of the EU as well as promoting closer ties with countries in the region.
Speaking in Chișinău on Wednesday, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the Hungarian government will provide "every assistance" to Moldova's endeavors to join the European Union.
Following talks with his Moldovan counterpart Nicu Popescu, Minister Szijjártó highlighted the geopolitical appreciation of the Eastern Partnership program and urged the earliest enlargement of the EU as well as promoting closer ties with countries in the region. Minister Szijjártó noted the “strong positions” of Hungarian retail bank OTP and pharma Richter in Moldova’s markets, adding that bilateral trade had posted a record 200 million euros last year. Meanwhile, Minister Szijjártó regretted that WizzAir had temporarily suspended its operations in Moldova, and said he hoped services would be resumed “once security guarantees are in place”. On another subject, Minister Szijjártó said NATO members would not be reimbursed for earlier contributions aimed to finance the Afghan military, and expressed the Hungarian government’s wish to use some of the funds, 120 million forints (EUR 322,000), to strengthen the security of Moldova. He said Moldova was situated “on the eastern border of the European Political Community, therefore we are mutually interested in each other’s security.”