Photo: Oleg Popov (EU2018BG)
Bulgaria and Serbia announce their irrevocable commitment to creating an intersystem gas connection to become operational no later than May 2022. Within the framework of the EU-Western Balkans Summit, currently held in Sofia, the two states signed a joint declaration on the creation of the gas interconnector. The document was signed by the Minister of Energy Ms. Temenouzhka Petkova and the Minister of Energy and Mining of our western neighbor Mr. Alexander Antic in the presence of the President of the EC Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the President of Serbia Alexander Vucic and the Prime-Minister Boyko Borissov.
With this declaration, the two states commit to create a joint working group to oversee each phase of the project and within which potential issues to be discussed and resolved.
The Bulgarian state also declares its intention to nominate, with the approval of the European Commission, the national gas-transmitting operator Bulgarstransgaz as the project organizer and operator of the future gas pipeline on Bulgarian territory.
Signing the declaration is another step towards the realization of the project for an intersystem gas connection Bulgaria-Serbia entirely in line with the Bulgarian Presidency priorities in the energy field, related to security and diversification of energy supplies. Signing the progress on the establishment of the interconnector, evidenced with this declaration, illustrates the achievement of the main priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, notably – energy connectivity of the EU and the Western Balkans states.