EU Energy Commissioner to Arrive on Two-Day Visit to Bulgaria

Energy | May 26, 2016, Thursday // 10:12|  views

EU Commissioner in charge of Climate and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete speaks at a news conference to present the Adoption of Energy Security Package at EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 16 February 2016. Photo: EPA

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, will pay a two-day visit to Bulgarian on Thursday and Friday.

During his visit, Canete will hold meetings with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova and Environment Minister Ivelina Vasileva.

Among the main topics of discussions in the meetings will be the reforms of the Bulgarian energy market, steps to improve the functioning of the electricity sector and key gas infrastructure projects.

In particular, the focus will be on the gradual process of liberalisation of the electricity market and protection of vulnerable consumers.

Ahead of his visit, Canete said that the European Commission welcomes the efforts of Bulgaria towards opening up its electricity market to competition.

The commissioner added that a competitive market is essential not only for modernising the Bulgarian electricity system, but also beneficial for achieving a fully-integrated EU energy market.

The Bulgarian officials and Canete will also exchange views on the state of the gas sector and the Bulgarian gas hub project.

The discussions will also focus on emissions targets for the sectors not included in the Emissions Trading System (ETS).

According to the press service of the Bulgarian government, Borisov and Canete will discuss the development of the European Energy Union and the possibilities for ensuring sustainable energy supplies towards Bulgaria.

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