President Barroso welcomes breakthrough leading to gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine
Today, the European Commission has welcomed the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enabling gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine.
The Commission acted as a facilitator in the negotiations that led to today’s breakthrough. Along with the MoU, the gas pipeline operators concerned – the Slovakian company Eustream and the Ukrainian company Ukrtransgaz – will furthermore sign a Framework Interconnection Agreement today, laying out the technical details of the foreseen solution.
President Barroso said:
"I warmly congratulate all parties involved on the breakthrough in the negotiations on gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine. This is an important first step to diversify Ukraine’s sources of gas supply and contributes to greater energy security in Eastern Europe and the EU as a whole. It shows the EU's strong commitment in support of Ukraine's energy sector, which is also reflected in the economic and financial package the Union has swiftly provided for Ukraine in the past weeks."
President Barroso will attend the ceremony later today together with Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan.