“The European Commission remains completely committed to the changes in gas directive. To be honest, we are very impressed with the Bulgarian and Austrian chairmanship in this regard. As progress that we expected from the commission has never been reached,” he said.
He told that the European Commission has new offers from Romania. The offers have been observed. The commission concluded that they are about some unsolved issues which the member states raised.
“I believe that the common approach with these offers is possible in early February, and this will open the door to negotiations and to elections in the European Parliament in May,” Šefčovič added.
According to him, the European Commission intends to get an agreed set of EU energy regulations, which would be applied to marine pipelines, as it works with the overland ones.
“We are in a situation when the commission does not see any obstacles to implement such EU rules,” he noted.