Bulgaria Energy Min to Meet Oettinger over South Stream
Bulgarian Minister of Economy and Energy Dragomir Stoynev is set to meet next week EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger to discuss the South Stream natural gas pipeline.
Last week, the European Commission came out with a statement that bilateral agreements signed between Russia and countries like Bulgaria regarding the pipe are in violation of the so-called EU Third Energy Package.
The package is a set of measures to liberalize the energy market, which includes the requirement that the infrastructure owner be different from the provider, and that different suppliers have access to the pipes.
The Bulgarian government has reacted by saying that the agreement is all in order.
"Commissioner Oettinger has already been informed regarding what has been achieved by Bulgaria during South Stream talks," said Oettinger.
At the same time, Stoynev said that the EC must have a more active role in the negotiations about important energy projects.
"The Commission must have a leading role in negotiations between member states and Russia in order to guarantee that all members achieve conditions along similar lines," said the Bulgarian Energy Minister.
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Stoynev should make it crystal clear that it will not tolerate outside interference in its own energy affairs. I agree with Optimistic that if the EU persists in trying to impose its capitalist, counter revolutionary doctrine on our policies, then Bulgaria should react by marching on Brussels and subjugating these peasants.