EU aims to bolster energy connections in South Eastern Europe

The European Commission will set up a “high-level working group” to identify and advance cross-border energy sources diversification projects in South-Eastern Europe, it emerged after a meeting of senior EU and Bulgarian officials in Brussels.

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and Deputy PM in charge of EU funds Tomislav Donchev met with European energy union commissioner Maros Sefcovic and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete to discuss “the current energy challenges in Bulgaria, gas infrastructure development priorities for Central and South Eastern Europe and their potential impact for European Union security of energy supplies,” the Commission said in a statement.

“There was agreement on the necessity to increase integration of the region and most importantly, provide real diversification of gas supplies to the region and notably Bulgaria. This requires rapid concrete actions and to revisit and reinforce cost-effective regional solutions based on regional cooperation and solidarity,” the statement said.

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