In the dispute over plans for a European oil embargo against Russia, the EU Commission has presented a new compromise proposal.
According to information from the authority on Sunday, the draft initially only allows the import of oil transported by ship to be phased out.
Oil transported via the huge Druzhba pipeline would therefore be exempt from the embargo until further notice.
This would allow Russia to continue part of its business with companies in the EU.
According to EU information, around a third of the total delivery volume flowed through the Druzhba pipeline.
This supplies refineries in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic as well as in Poland and Germany, although Germany and Poland have already made it clear that they want to become independent of Russian oil supplies by the end of this year, regardless of an embargo.
After initial consultations on Sunday evening, the EU Commission was optimistic that its new proposal had a chance of being approved by all 27 member states.
It is now to be presented at the summit meeting of heads of state and government that begins this Monday.
An agreement can be expected in the coming week, according to commission circles on Sunday.
There has been a dispute in the EU for weeks about plans to ban Russian oil imports because Hungary has so far been unwilling to support the project.
The country justifies this with its high dependence on Russian oil supplies and the high costs of switching to other suppliers.
Hungary only wants to agree to an embargo if it receives billions in aid from the EU or far-reaching special rules.
The EU Commission's original proposal was to end imports of Russian crude oil in six months and oil products in eight months because of the Ukraine war.
Hungary and Slovakia should be given 20 months.
Earlier offers of improvement have so far failed to convince the Hungarian government.
According to information from the German Press Agency, the most recent compromise proposal no longer envisages a transport ban for oil.
Greece, Cyprus and Malta had argued that such regulations threatened the existence of shipping companies.Keywords: