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Deal signed on building new Hungary-Serbia oil pipeline

With a view to boosting energy security, an agreement has been signed on building a new oil pipeline between Hungary and Serbia, and a regional JV natural gas trading company will be set by MVM and Srbijagas, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Palic on Tuesday.

The ministry cited Szijjarto telling a Hungary-Serbia strategic council meeting that the construction of the new pipeline to link Algyo with Novi Sad (Ujvidek) was perhaps the most important agreement between the two countries ever. He added that the new regional natural gas trading company of MVM and Srbijagas would start operations in the autumn.

“The more resources, the more routes and the more cooperation, the greater energy security,” he said.

“Hungary’s energy security would be unimaginable today without Serbia, and the same is true the other way round,” he said. “The majority of Hungary’s natural gas supplies arrive through Serbia and we keep in storage over a hundred million cubic metres on behalf of Serbia,” he added.

He told the strategic council that Europe’s “most modern, largest and most gleaming border crossing” will be established between Roszke and Horgos, adding that it would be one of the largest joint projects of all time.

Szijjarto said cooperation could also enter a new dimension in foreign policy, with Hungary signing an agreement on setting up a joint foreign representative office with another country for the first time, enabling the expansion of the diplomatic network for both countries.

Serbia’s embassy in Kinshasa in Congo will host the Hungarian representation and Hungary’s embassy in Valletta in Malta will host Serbia’s mission, he said. The programme will be continued in order to have representation most effectively in most places around the world, he added.

Szijjarto also said that economic cooperaton had broken several records, citing investments by Hungarian companies in Serbia, trade reaching 6 billion euros last year, and an economic development programme for Vojvodina which supported 14,200 companies with a total of 171 billion forints last year.

Several contracts are scheduled to be signed at the meeting, including a declaration of intent on building a new oil pipeline between the two countries, an agreement on the exchange and protection of certified data, a cooperation agreement on the policing of foreigners and an agreement on the opening of a joint representation office in Kinshasa. Additionally, the agreements on border controls on public roads, railways and waterways will be amended.

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