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Bulgaria energy minister: South Stream should meet EU legislation in order to happen

Bulgaria energy minister: South Stream should meet EU legislation in order to happen

3 September 2014 | 15:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “At the moment there are no talks underway on the status of the South Stream gas pipeline in the marine section. These were talks held during the mandate of the previous government and it was one of the attempts to avoid the European legislation. Our position requires dialogue with the European Commission (EC). In order to happen, the South Stream should meet the European legislation,” Bulgarian interim Minister of Economy and Energy, Vasil Shtonov, said speaking at a press conference, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
“After that there can be certain exceptions but in the first place the project should meet the European legislation,” the interim minister remarked.
“There is no construction at the moment. The fact that the pipes have been already ordered is at the expense of the pipe producers. There is no authorisation for the company to start realising the contract and this position remains unchanged,” Shtonov commented further.
Bulgarian interim Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the economic policy, Minister of Regional Development and Minister of Investment Planning, Ekaterina Zaharieva, on the other hand, was explicit that the interim cabinet had not signed any new contracts and no payments had been done.
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Bulgaria without Censorship wants to take the role of MRF: leader

Bulgaria without Censorship wants to take the role of MRF: leader

30 August 2014 | 18:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “I want to be the new Ahmed Dogan and Bulgaria without Censorship party to play the role of the Movement fro Rights and Freedom (MRF)”. That is what Nikolai Barekov, chairman of Bulgaria without Censorship said for Darik radio. "We want to be a centrist formation. We have absolutely liberal views on the development of business and the economy. We are extremely social in the social policy, health and education. We would like the main priority in the next government of Bulgaria to be the economic growth and creating new jobs," Barekov said.
"Politically, our main opponent is MRF because we want to move them away from the political center. Strategically, our main opponent are Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) because of their mismanagement and BSP, because of what they left after two governmental mandates,” Nikolai Barekov stated.
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We want immediate termination of South Stream project: Bulgaria without Censorship leader

We want immediate termination of South Stream project: Bulgaria without Censorship leader

30 August 2014 | 17:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We want immediate termination of activities under South Stream project, Nikolai Barekov, leader of Bulgaria without Censorship said at a press conference, cited by Radio FOCUS – Varna.
In September Nikolai Barekov will ask the European Parliament why after the Bulgarian government had announced that South Stream is stopped, construction activities are underway.
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RIA Novosti: South Stream Bulgaria suspends paper draw up under pipeline project

RIA Novosti: South Stream Bulgaria suspends paper draw up under pipeline project

29 August 2014 | 10:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Moscow. South Stream Bulgaria AD company has suspended the draw up of documents on the orders and contracts signing for the South Stream gas pipeline construction on the territory of Bulgaria at the recommendation of the European Commission (EC), RIA Novosti reported.
Up to the present moment, the company is executing preparatory works on project’s realisation in line with the national and European legislation.
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Bulgaria to suffer from Russian-American opposition over South Stream: Vasil Vasilev

Bulgaria to suffer from Russian-American opposition over South Stream: Vasil Vasilev

25 August 2014 | 10:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “Problems around the South Stream gas pipeline project are obviously incited by the Russian-American opposition, while Bulgaria will suffer from the increasing tension,” said Vasil Vasilev, chairperson of the Vasilevi Brothers Foundation, speaking for Radio FOCUS.
“Both great powers – the U.S.A. and Russia, are aware of what the other party’s move will be long before it happens,” Vasilev remarked.
According to him, Russia knew that Ukraine was an unstable country and suspected that the U.S.A. had plans for it and that was why it created the South Stream and the annexation of Crimea.
“After the gas crisis few days ago, when Ukraine suspended the Russian gas transit to Europe, they had to speed up the South Stream,” Vasilev said.
In his words, the countries that will lose the Russian gas will be forced to either start shale gas extraction or buy gas from other more expensive source.
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Politika: If Bulgaria continues to hamper South Stream project, Gazprom has a backup plan for the project that passes by Serbia

Politika: If Bulgaria continues to hamper South Stream project, Gazprom has a backup plan for the project that passes by Serbia

22 August 2014 | 11:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Belgrade. If Bulgaria, under pressure from the EU abandons the construction South Stream project, the pipeline route can be changed and may pass by Serbia, Serbian newspaper Politika writes, citing Russian newspaper Vazglyad.
According to Russian media, the pipeline route would pass instead through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia, as planned, through an alternative route via Greece and Turkey. The publication states that the Russian Gazprom has a backup plan in the event that Bulgaria continues to prevent the development of South Stream project.
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