PM Borissov: Bulgaria works towards strengthening EU energy security

Energy was the highlighted topic at the talks between Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev held on Monday within the framework of the First Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan.

Energy was the highlighted topic at the talks between Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev held on Monday within the framework of the First Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan.

Borissov underscored that Bulgaria is pursuing the policy aimed at guaranteeing energy security both for Bulgaria and EU. The PM noted that diversification is an important prerequisite for the safe natural gas deliveries to EU and added that Bulgaria is working hard on pipeline connections with the neighbouring countries. Borissov paid special attention to the efforts of the Bulgarian government related to the implementation of the Balkan Gas Hub project.

To let the local natural gas reach Bulgaria it has to pass through Russia, PM Borissov commented. Among other topics the discussion was focused on the Turkish Stream pipeline and the delivery of natural gas to the Balkan Gas Hub via it. The possibility of implementation of Belene nuclear power plant project under the terms set by Bulgaria was also under discussion.  The deadline for submitting applications for participation in the current tender for strategic investor is 19 August.

According to Borissov, the region will face the need for new production facilities which will generate clean electricity at accessible prices having in mind the increasingly ambitious goals for decreasing the levels of polluting emissions in all sectors of economy.  With this in view, Belene NPP may become this kind of power generator for the entire region, Borissov noted.

The Bulgarian PM shared his excellent impressions from the visit to Iran in 2016. As regards cooperation in the transport sector, PM Borissov said that Bulgaria is interested in discussing the possibility of development of passenger ferry crossings between the port of Burgas and Russian ports of Kavkaz and Novorossiysk. “The Black Sea has to remain the sea of peace, trade, tourism and transport connections” ensured by ferries, yachts and gas pipelines,” Borissov said further.

The Bulgarian Premier also had a bilateral meeting with Vice-President of Iran Eshaq Jahangiri. Within the framework of the forum the two of them discussed the enhancement of cooperation between the two countries. Borissov underscored that the bilateral relations are developing on a firm foundation – the 122-year long history of the established diplomatic relations and mutual respect.       

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