Renewed Czech-Polish cooperation on Stork II pipeline would cut reliance on Russian gas

Published: 26.09.2022 Related countries:  Croatia Croatia, Czech Republic Czech Republic, Portugal Portugal, Hungary Hungary, Slovak Republic Slovak Republic

Czech PM Petr Fiala met with his Polish counterpart to discuss the future of energy security in Central Europe.

Karpacz, Poland, Sept. 6 (ČTK) - The Czech Republic and Poland have renewed cooperation on the Stork II gas pipeline with both countries showing support for the project, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala told journalists at the Economic Forum in Karpacz Tuesday night following talks with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki.

Development of the Stork II pipeline, which would lead from the Czech border to Świnoujście in Poland, will enable further diversification of natural gas deliveries in Europe while reducing the reliance on Russian gas. The EU-backed plans for the pipeline were halted by former PM Andrej Babiš's administration in 2018.

Fiala and Morawiecki agreed that the completion of Stork II presents a solution to the current energy crisis and to the overall energy security of Central Europe.

"We agreed that it is necessary to find a European solution, that it is necessary to intervene in the energy prices so that they are acceptable for citizens and firms," Fiala said, adding that the current energy pricing structures need to change.

The Stork II pipeline would lower reliance on Russian gas by connecting liquefied natural gas storage tanks in Świnoujście and the Croatian island of Krk. The first part, Stork I, connected Poland and Czechia in 2011, but only allowed for the flow of gas from Czechia to Poland, and not in the other direction.

"If the previous government had worked on the Stork II pipeline, our current situation would be different. Slovakia recently opened its interconnection with Poland and we are only at the beginning," Fiala said.

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