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EU: Bulgaria Must Re-Negotiate South Stream Deal with Russia

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Bulgaria: EU: Bulgaria Must Re-Negotiate South Stream Deal with Russia Map by South-Stream.info

Bulgaria is obligated to renegotiate with Russia the bilateral agreements for the construction of the Gazprom-favoured South Stream gas pipeline, the European Commission has said.

“The Commission has looked into these intergovernmental agreements and came to the conclusion that none of the agreements is in compliance with EU law," Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, director for energy markets at the European Commission, said in the European Parliament, as cited by EurActiv.com.

"That is the reason why we have told these states that they are under the obligation, either coming from the EU treaties, or from the Energy Community treaty, that they have to ask for re-negotiation with Russia, to bring the intergovernmental agreements in line with EU law,” he added.

The Commission's announcement may embarrass at least two South Stream transit countries – Bulgaria and Serbia, EurActiv comments.

Bulgaria, which opened its doors to South Stream in April 2012 under a previous government, hosted a South Stream “first welding” ceremony on 4 November, in the village of Rasovo in the Montana municipality of Bulgaria, near the border with Serbia.

And Serbia did the same on 24 November in the village of Šajkaš, in Vojvodina. Both countries reportedly knew that they were promoting a project under agreements seen by Brussels as illegal.


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#4
Intelligence - 6 Dec 2013 // 11:04:16

It's nice to see that we've had over 20 years of liberal democracy in Bulgaria + 50 years since the end of WW2 to see people comparing the European Union to the Nazis or the Soviet Union. Like they say, time is the cure to all suffering.

Just plain ridiculous.

#3
sa-sha - 6 Dec 2013 // 10:15:43

Nazi EUSSR? ;-)

#2
tttoio - 6 Dec 2013 // 06:11:32

"That union and organization is staring to sound and shape up like Communism and Nazism used to be."

I agree.

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George Zheliazkov - 5 Dec 2013 // 17:08:04

I just mentioned in my last posting the need of cooperation in Eurasia in order to prosper…
Obviously the EU wants to stay miserable and stagnated and it is not showing any will for cooperation.
Anyways what Bulgaria and some other countries should RE-NEGOCIATE probably is their membership in the EU! That union and organization is staring to sound and shape up like Communism and Nazism used to be. Bulgarians are not allowed to travel, work, do this and that in the EU and absolutely lost their own sovereignty…

I think that the EU laws and regulation of dictatorship, division and discrimination are exactly the opposite of what is needed for prosperity!

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