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10.07.2015 14:25
Bulgaria, SEE Countries Sign Memorandum for Joint Gas Diversification Efforts
In April when another high-level meeting was held in Sofia, Bulgaria’s energy minister Temenuzhka Petkova and her Greek counterpart Panagiotis Lafazanis said that the two countries will seek EUR 220 million EU funding for the ICGB
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  • Minister Pavlov (centre-right) with Commissioner Canete, minister Vrdoljak and VP Sefcovic
    © Bulgarian Ministry of Energy

Bulgaria’s vice-energy minister Anton Pavlov has signed today a Memorandum of Understanding which aims at stepping up gas supply diversification in the CEE region. The document was signed during the second meeting of the High Level Group of EU member states from Central and Eastern Europe which was held today in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The meeting was held at the invitation of European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commissioner for climate policy and energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Economy Minister Ivana Vrdoljak front of the Croatian Government.

The meeting involved the energy ministers of the EU Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatian, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia) as well as the energy ministers from the countries of South Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova and Ukraine).

BG-GR and BG-RS interconnectors are priorities

Among a number of key projects, the gas interconnector between Greece and Bulgaria (ICGB) and the interconnector between Bulgaria and Serbia (IBS) were highlighted as priorities. The modernization and development of the Bulgarian gas transport system was also named crucial for helping the CEE and Adriatic regions have at least three different natural gas supply sources, the Bulgarian energy ministry said in a statement following today’s ceremony.

In April when another high-level meeting was held in Sofia, Bulgaria’s energy minister Temenuzhka Petkova and her Greek counterpart Panagiotis Lafazanis said that the two countries will seek EUR 220 million EU funding for the ICGB.


TAGS: Bulgaria | gas | Serbia | Greece | Balkans | SEE | natural gas | gas interconnection | memorandum diversification | gas supply | energy | energy security 


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