Bulgaria and Serbia will accelerate work on a project to build a gas connection between the two countries, it was agreed at a meeting in Belgrade between Bulgarian Economy Minister Bozhidar Lukarski and Serbian mining and energy minister Aleksandar Antic.
Antic told Lukarski that by the end of December 2014, an expert working group of the two ministries would specify the parameters of the project, Bulgaria’s economy ministry said.
A memorandum on the construction of an interconnector system was signed in 2012, but the parameters should be updated once all elements of the planned gas connection between Bulgaria and Greece were clarified, the ministry said.
Lukarski said that for Bulgaria, it was important to have movement on the project. Plans are for the section on Bulgarian territory to be financed under the EU’s competitiveness and innovation operational programme funds.
Serbia media reported Antic as saying that the Bulgarian-Serbian gas interconnector project was important for Serbia, Bulgaria and the entire region.
Antic told Lukarski that Serbia had set aside funds in its 2015 budget to create a special spatial plan for gas connection with Bulgaria.
According to a report by Serbian news website B92, Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic and his Romanian counterpart Victor Ponta discussed “the possibility of constructing a natural gas corridor”.
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