Gazprom Allegedly Suggested Amendments to Bulgarian Law

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The most recent amendments to Bulgaria's Energy Act were allegedly suggested by the Russian state company Gazprom. 

In addition, Bulgaria agreed not to require access for third parties to the South Stream pipeline. The project is allegedly investigated by Bulgaria's Interior Ministry and the State Agency for National Security (DANS).  

The claims are based on documents of the Ministry of Economy Energy, obtained by the Reformist Block under the provisions of the Access to Public Information Act. They reportedly include protocols, meeting reports, letters and contracts on South Stream from 2013-2014. 

The amendments, for which the EC harshly criticises Bulgaria, introduce the term “sea gas pipeline” and aim at circumventing EU regulations and the so-called Third Energy Package in favor of the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline. 

“The Reformist Block has serious doubts that the amendments to Bulgaria's Energy Act are drafted outside Bulgaria by Russian circles,” the Reformist Block said in a letter to the media. “It is clear that they are serving a private interest. Their goal is to sabotage the European rules by coming up with new categories of “sea pipe line” and to facilitate the establishing of total Russian energy monopoly.”

“The amendments, introducing the term “sea pipe line” and providing for exceptions to the current rules, tabled by MPs from the Bulgarian Socialist Party several months ago, are high treason. The ruling party deliberately allow a company of mostly foreign ownership to tale amendments to Bulgarian law.”

The Energy Ministry refused to comment.

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Yane - 10 May 2014 // 11:49:28

You are a complete utter idiot serGAY! Probably a stupid Turk you are.

The EU is trying to bully Russia with "3rd energy package" ie trying to force Russia to open up South Stream pipes to competition, which is just outrageous and goes against everything! IF THEY WANT TO USE PIPES, BUILD THEM YOURSELVES, RUSSIA ISN'T COUGHING UP BILLIONS AND BILLIONS JUST SO YOU CAN DO A GYPSY MOVE ON THEIR PROJECT!

Well, there's coming up a big meeting this month with China where a huge pipeline deal looks like it will go through and there will be more to come, Asia is desperate and countries like Japan is even suggesting they pay for whole pipelines out of their own pockets. Maybe its time to stop delivering energy to Europe altogether and send it all to Asia instead, since Europeans can't behave like normal customers!

Sergay Stanishev - 10 May 2014 // 09:26:15

This dirty commie scum illegitimate government would like nothing better than those asiatic savages from Russia running our country even further into the ground, just so that they get their kickbacks and backsheesh from their Russian masters. Filthy cockroaches.

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