The foreign ministers of the European Union countries, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria, held a tripartite meeting in the coastal city of Rijeka, Croatia.
While visiting the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the island of Krk in Croatia, Croatian Foreign Minister Jordan Grelic Radman, Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Vagon and Austrian Foreign Minister Aleksander Schallenberg held a press conference in Rijeka after their visit there.
Grlic Radman indicated that the increase in LNG terminal capacity will be funded by European funds.
Fagon said, “The three countries have a lot in common. In our first meeting, we talked about many issues. I am glad that we visited the LNG terminal in Kerak this morning. In this period when we are dealing with diversifying gas supply routes, it is a major Krk and natural gas pipeline renewal projects are very important to us. We are supporting the connection of the terminal in Krk, Austria, via Slovenia.” He rated it.
Fagon drew attention to the need to strengthen the security of the external borders of the Schengen area and to combat irregular migration, and called on the Western Balkan countries to strengthen the perspective of the European Union.
He stressed that Russia wanted to put pressure on the Western Balkans, and Schallenberg said they could not ignore that.
The meeting also discussed the current situation in Moldova and Sudan.
While the LNG terminal located in the town of Omisalj on the island of Krk was building an alternative natural gas line to Europe, the Croatian government decided to increase the annual capacity of the terminal from 2.9 billion cubic meters to 6.1 billion cubic meters.
While the capacity increase work for the station continues, it was indicated that the production of new units will take 22 months and the opening is scheduled for 2025.
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