The commissioning of the Balticconnector gas pipeline connecting the Finnish and Estonian gas infrastructures was celebrated on Wednesday, but the bidirectional Balticconnector pipeline was ready for operation already in November, one month ahead of schedule. This enables the opening of the gas markets of Finland and Estonia and integrating them with the rest of Europe on January 1, 2020.

Signing of the agreement concerning support to the Balticconnector gas pipeline project in Brussels on October 21, 2016. From left: the former Estonian prime minister, Taavi Roivas, the former president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the former Finnish prime minister, Juha Sipilä. Stock picture: The Finnish government

The commissioning celebration took place simultaneously in Helsinki and the Estonian city of Paldiski. The parallel events were interconnected with a live stream in the spirit of good cooperation between the two countries and the EU.