The European Project

The European Union

The European Union recognizes the importance of ensuring the security and diversity of natural gas supply to the European Union and in particular to the countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe.

The Eastring project is a Project of Common Interest contributing to market integration and enhancing the security of supply. The project obtained the direct support from the European Commission by awarding the financial grant for its feasibility study. The commitment to develop the project has been confirmed in all involved countries at either intergovernmental and/or TSOs level.

Governments and TSOs

The following documents were signed in support of the Eastring project at government and TSO levels:

  • Government officials of Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria confirmed their support for the implementation of the interconnection and substantial bi-directional capacity of the existing infrastructure for natural gas supply in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and the Slovak Republic by signing a common Declaration in May 2015.
  • The Slovak and Bulgarian natural gas transmission system operators Eustream and Bulgartransgaz signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Eastring pipeline project in June 2016.
  • Peter Žiga, the Minister of Economy of Slovakia, and Žečo Stankov, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Energy of Bulgaria, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Eastring project in July 2016
  • Bulgartransgaz and Eustream signed the Memorandum of Understanding to deepen cooperation in developing major gas infrastructure projects in November 2016.
  • The Slovak Economy Minister Peter Žiga and the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the project Eastring in October 2017.
  • The Romanian and Slovak natural gas network operators signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Eastring project in February 2018.

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