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V4 PMs write to Tusk EU summit should deal with energy union

ČTK |
4 December 2015

Prague, Dec 3 (CTK) - The Visegrad Four (V4) prime ministers, who met in Prague Thursday, wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk that all future energy projects should be in harmony with European law and called on him to include the Energy Union in the agenda of the EU´s December summit.

The V4 is comprised of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Their prime ministers Bohuslav Sobotka, Viktor Orban, Beata Szydlo and Robert Fico, respectively, who were joined by Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, said the EU that considers the Energy Union one of its priorities should ensure that all prepared projects be in consistence with its principles.

Tomas Prouza, Czech state secretary for European affairs, wrote on Twitter that the five countries welcome emphasis on energy security, diversification of energy sources, their suppliers and routes.

The Energy Union was approved at the EU summit in March. It is to ensure safe and cheap energy for citizens and firms, reduce Europe´s dependence on gas imports from Russia and enhance Europe´s position in negotiating about energy contracts.

Szydlo said yesterday the letter to Tusk and the steps taken by the European Council are important for ensuring investments in energy projects, including the Nordstream 2 gas pipeline.

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