Bulgaria High Level Energy Policy War Heats up

Energy | September 9, 2009, Wednesday // 12:09|  views

Bulgaria's Economy, Energy and Tourism Minister, Traicho Traikov, called the President's statements regarding the cabinet's energy policy harmful. Photo by BGNES

The statements made by Bulgaria's President, Georgi Parvanov, regarding the new cabinet's energy policy are baseless unacceptable, and harmful according to Economy Minister Traicho Traikov.

On Tuesday, Parvanov, launched stark criticism of the energy policy of the country's new cabinet. In an extensive article, published on the Presidential Institution Internet page, the President accused the government of lack of competency in the energy sector.

Traikov, cited by the information agency BGNES, pointed out that if it wasn't for the slow work of the previous government, Bulgaria would have by now completed projects, highways, and other facilities.

The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, and his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisov, reached agreements during their recent meeting in Gdansk. To say now what could have happened is senseless," Traikov said, adding it was unacceptable to state that the cabinet, which is in power for just a month, is not functioning.

"The President's statements are unacceptable also because this is all happening before Russia's very eyes, in addition to stirring strange comments," Traikov concludes.

Also Wednesday, during the morning block of the TV channel bTV, the Chief of Staff of the President, General, Nikolay Kolev, tried to defend Parvanov's actions by saying that he indeed promised not make assessments during the first 100 days of the new cabinet, but broke the promise over matters of national security.

"The article was planned anyway, but the President decides when to publish it. If it wasn't for the Ohrid tragedy where he and the PM crossed opinions, Parvanov would have spared Borisov the talk that the PM went unprepared to the meeting with Putin. The President had met Putin many times, and knows those discussions are never easy. Putin is a high caliber politician and everyone, who is meeting him must be prepared, especially when one takes into consideration that it is very hard to defend our national interests before Russia," Kolev said.

The general further expressed his opinion that the cabinet must make decisions regarding the energy projects even in the expense of some regions, hinting the possibility of having another referendum about the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil line. Local residents rejected the project after two referendums.


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Tags: Traicho Traikov, Georgi Parvanov, Boyko Borisov, Vladimir Putin, South stream, Belene, Burgas Alexandroupolis


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