Vice-President Šefčovič chairing the 5th round of political trilateral gas talks with Russia and Ukraine

On Thursday, 19 December, the next round of trilateral talks at political level with Russia and Ukraine on the long-term transit of gas through Ukraine post-2019 is taking place in Berlin. The talks will centre around a political agreement covering duration, volumes and tariffs of a future transit contract, as well as arbitration. Previous political trilateral talks took place on 17 July 2018, on 21 January 2019, on 19 September 2019 and on 28 October. “The time is high to send a positive message to markets and consumers”, Vice-President Šefčovič has said. He will also hold a bilateral meeting with German Economy and Energy Minister, Peter Altmaier, ahead of trilateral talks at 9:00. A press briefing is foreseen after the conclusion of the trilateral talks at 18:30 (exact time tbc) at the Representation of the European Commission, Unter den Linden 78, 10117 Berlin. The premises will be open to journalists as of 18:00. Media representatives are invited to confirm their attendance by Thursday, 19 December, at 16:00 to, Tel.: +49 30 2280 2190. The briefing will be transmitted live on EbS.