BUDAPEST-LJUBLJANA-ZAGREB – Cirkovce-Pince transmission line was a place for Orbán’s geopolitics

The cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Cirkovce-Pince transmission line, which will connect the three countries’ power systems, was attended by Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jašsa and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The project includes the construction of an 80-km-long 400 kV transmission line and should be completed by 2022.

The construction of this transmission line “will facilitate better integration of the electricity market, ensuring supply and access to those markets in this part of Europe and encouraging the further development of that market,” said Grlić Radman, who linked the project with the Three Seas Initiative in which the Croatian Government decided to invest up to €20 million.

“The value of central Europe is on the rise, with the focus of growth in the EU shifting to the east”, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. “When the value of a region is increasing, large and strong countries try to gain influence there and the affected countries and regions become the location for geopolitical games,” he added.

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša and Orbán had a working lunch together after.

More on games in the region here (English) and here (Hungarian).

(Željko Trkanjec |

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