Germany and Denmark have agreed to sign a gas supply deal under which the countries would support each other in the event of an emergency.
The German government agreed on Wednesday to sign a contract cementing the cooperation agreement, the Economy Ministry in Berlin said.
The agreement partly implements amended EU regulation on security of gas supply, the ministry said.
That regulation aims to reduce the dependence of EU individual member states on gas supplies from outside Europe and to bolster their ability to deal with disruptions to their own gas supplies.
All member states are obliged to conclude bilateral solidarity agreements, of which the German-Danish deal is the first to be announced.
According to the German ministry, joint prevention and emergency plans are to be drawn up to meet the regulation's aims, including the supply of gas to one member state by another. In the event of an extreme shortage, gas supplies would guarantee household demand as a last resort.
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