Barroso agrees to act as independent arbiter in LNG terminal issue

Euroopa Komisjoni president José Manuel Barroso.


European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso agreed to assume the role of independent arbiter in the LNG terminal issue after his meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip on Thursday.

Besides the EU fuel quality directive, the location of the liquefied natural gas terminal to serve the three Baltic states and Finland was under discussion at Ansip's meeting with Barroso, the government's press service said.

The Estonian and Finnish ministers of economic affairs recently asked the Commission to conduct an independent assessment of the locations in Estonia and Finland suggested for the terminal.

Barroso agreed to serve as independent arbiter as both countries' governments have promised to accept the outcome.

The European Commission has asked that all the necessary information such as cost-benefit analyses and business plans be speedily forwarded to it as a decision needs to be taken as soon as possible.