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Prime Minister Borissov: The roadmap for development of the gas transport infrastructure is a positive step in the relations between Bulgaria and Russia
10 July 2017
The prospects for development of the cooperation in the energy field were discussed during the meeting of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov with the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak. The two held talks in the margins of the 22-nd World Petroleum Congress that took place in Istanbul.
Prime Minister Borissov noted that the progress achieved in the relations between Bulgaria and Russia in the energy field is due to the consistent work in this direction. According to him, after last year with common efforts the issue with the arbitration decision on the Nuclear Power Plant “Belene” was solved, the two countries can continue to discuss the possibilities for fruitful cooperation.
As a positive step, the Prime Minister pointed out the Roadmap, which was signed in the beginning of June this year by the Bulgarian Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova and the President of the Management Board of “Gazprom” Alexey Miller. According to the roadmap the countries will look at the possibility for expanding the gas transport infrastructure on the territory of Bulgaria thereby taking into account EU rules.
Prime Minister Borissov paid special attention to the investments made in the gas transport system in Bulgaria. He highlighted the concept for building the European gas hub on the territory of Bulgaria, for whose pre-project probing the EU provided funding of 920 thousand euro. Borissov underlined that our country works seriously in the interest of energy security in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister expressed confidence in the successful finalization of the activities on the prolonging of the work of the 5th and 6th Block of the “Kozloduy” Nuclear Power Plant. In respect to the “Belene” Nuclear Power Plant he pointed out that a strategic private investor is sought.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov expects the fruitful dialogue on issues of common interest to continue also at the meeting of the Intergovernmental Bulgarian-Russian Committee on Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation. The Committee is foreseen to meet in the end of the current year.
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice, and presidents of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court presented their positions on the judicial reform to ambassadors of EU member-states and the United States.
After his visit to Vietnam, on the way to Bulgaria, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski paid a short visit to the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan. There, the Prime Minister met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov. Mr. Oresharski and Mr. Azimov discussed bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Uzbekistan , with a an emphasis on economic issues. The two discussed the upcoming meeting of the Joint Committee of the intergovernmental Commission and political consultations in June this year. Discussed was also the possibility the Bulgarian Prime Minister to visit Uzbekistan before the end of the year.
The repair of the road between Drenovets and Ruzhintsi will begin within a month. The Government has provided BGN 2.7 million to repair the railway overpass on Blvd Pannonia, the Minister of Regional Development says
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev announced that he had sent a letter to European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, in which he responds to her criticism regarding the refugee situation in Bulgaria
Dialogue is the only form of communication and the only way that leads to mutually acceptable solutions, said Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova following the meeting of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation
The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Bulgaria supported Ukraine’s EU association but South Stream gas pipeline was important for us so that we did not depend on relations between third parties for the transit of gas
We will work to complete the 31 km highway section connecting the border and Sofia so that we could have a first class road between the two capitals, said the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Information
We have made our aware that Bulgaria needs to receive assistance immediately. Many lies were told about the Ministry of Interior Bill. Sofia Directorate of Interior was a subcontractor for a security company, which is not right, the Minister of Interior said.
It is logical that EC begins direct dialogue with the Russian side to clarify South Stream issues. Bulgarian immigration could not be of any concern for Great Britain, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
It is possible to lose money due to financial corrections. It is important to identify those responsible for the errors in order to correct errors as soon as possible and protect national interests, said Minister of Environment and Water
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