Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovakia asked the European Commission to provide funds for the development of infrastructure for the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said at a press conference with Azerbaijani Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov.
“Together with the Bulgarians, Romanians and Slovaks, we appealed to the European Commission to provide financial support for the development of infrastructure in the region necessary to receive additional volumes of Azerbaijani gas,” Szijjarto stressed.
According to him, the talk is about the development of infrastructure, the construction of new and increasing the capacity of existing interconnectors.
“We welcome and respect Azerbaijan’s desire to double the capacity of pipelines by 2027 through which it can supply gas here to Europe,” Szijjártó said at a joint press conference with Azerbaijani Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov in Budapest on Tuesday.
The Foreign Minister noted that Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria,and Slovakia appealed to the European Commission with a request to allocate funds for the development of infrastructure for the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe.
On January 19, 2023, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated in Davos that by 2027 the export of Azerbaijani gas to Europe will increase to at least 20 bcm.
Azerbaijan started exporting gas to Europe on December 31, 2020. Currently, buyers of Azerbaijani gas in the EU are Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania.
In addition, Hungary and Serbia and a number of other countries in Europe expect to start buying gas from Azerbaijan in 2023-2024.