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Romanian Prime Minister Victor Orban outlined the importance of the Nabucco project at the latest European Council in Brussels. The gas pipeline coming from Azerbaijan, further in the EU also implies Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Austria. For the project to be successful, it needs an upgrade of the EU energy transport infrastructure and interconnection, Mr. Orban told his European colleagues.
On May 21, the Orban government hosted in Bucharest a meeting of the Nabucco Committee, the coordinating structure of the states and companies involved in the development of the Nabucco gas pipeline. On the occasion, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, the representatives of Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey adopted a political declaration whereby they emphasised the potential of the Nabucco project to contribute to the diversification of gas sources and energy transport routes, and to supply the energy markets in the Central European and Western Balkans region.
Also, they talked about a message sent by the European Commissioner for Energy, Gunther Oettinger, who assured that the European Union is fully committed to finalizing an internal energy market by the end of 2014.
During a meeting on tax matters, Austria reiterated its opposition to subsidies for nuclear energy, and State Secretary Dr. Reinhold Lopatka affirmed Austria will play a "more important role" in supplying Northern and Western Europe with gas. "We therefore support the Nabucco pipeline project (...) a priority concern of Austria (is) to ensure the best possible and reliable security of (energy) supply," emphasized Mr. Lopatka.
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