Bulgaria PM: Current Govt Not to Blame for South Stream Issues

Energy | December 9, 2013, Monday // 16:14|  views

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski drew attention to the fact that the bilateral intergovernmental agreements for the South Stream gas pipeline project dated back to 2008.

Responding to recent calls of the European Commission to renegotiate bilateral intergovernmental agreements between Russia and Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria on the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline due to their incompatibility with EU law, Oresharski stressed that the documents had been signed 2008, meaning that "we cannot have made a mistake now."

Meanwhile, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin assured that Bulgaria would do whatever was necessary to prevent a breach of EU law over the South Stream project.

Vigenin, as cited by mediapool.bg, noted that Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger would meet next week to discuss the details of the project.

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister suggested that he saw "nothing serious or a warning sign", adding that the task of the EC was to monitor the observance of EU law.

"Bulgaria will do what is necessary, we cannot afford to violate EU law," he declared.

The upcoming meeting between Stoynev and Oettinger has not yet been officially announced by the Ministry of Economy and Energy.

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Tags: Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister, South Stream gas pipeline, Kristian Vigenin, Foreign Minister, Dragomir Stoynev, Economy and Energy Minister, Gunther Oettinger


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