BUDAPEST, Hungary, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Hungary has agreed to participate in the AGRI energy project to transport Caspian liquefied natural gas to Europe.
Romanian President Traian Basescu offered participation in the AGRI energy project to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who accepted the proposal, Nepszabadsag reported Friday.
Basescu made the offer because, he said, Hungary's inclusion in the AGRI project is logical, as a pipeline currently under construction linking the Romanian and Hungarian natural gas systems will be ready by the end of the year.
As the Hungarian natural gas pipeline network joins Austria's system, the linage of the Romanian and Hungarian systems would allow AGRI's liquefied gas to be transported onward to various other EU regions.
The cooperation is part of a larger Hungarian effort to broaden cooperation with its eastern neighbor.
Speaking in Bucharest, Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi declared that Romania and Hungary are interested in a "broader" and "new Central European" cooperation adding that the two countries have identical interests in almost every area regarding future EU decisions.