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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
E-001622/2018
Answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is strongly committed to the BRUA project which, having received EUR 179 million of EU funding and loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), will serve to link Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria. Important efforts are required particularly of the Romanian Transmission Systems Operator (TSO), but also from its Hungarian counterpart to bring this project to a timely completion.

Additionally, it is in the interest of the region and the EU as a whole that prospective new domestic gas sources, such as those off Romanian shores, balance the EU's growing import needs — the ‘ROHUAT’ coordinated open season was conceived to also serve that purpose.

While coming at a late stage in the 2017 ROHUAT development(1), the Hungarian TSO's proposal to forego the direct Hungary-Austria link does not alter the overall objective of creating/offering transport routes to take Black Sea gas and gas from other sources (e.g. Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), Southern Gas Corridor) to regional markets. In particular, all parties reconfirmed their commitment at the Central and South Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC) Ministerial meeting in September 2017(2) that the corridor will ensure effective bi-directional connections between Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and towards Austria.

The Commission is in contact with all the involved TSOs and closely follows the capacity allocation processes to ensure that the gas from the Black Sea can flow to Austria either directly from Hungary or using existing infrastructure in Slovakia.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/inea/en/connecting-europe-facility/cef-energy/development-romanian-territory-national-gas-transmission
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/cesec_conclusions_final_website.pdf

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