European energy union a ‘shared priority’ for Bulgaria, Croatia

The building of a European Energy Union and regional energy market is a shared priority for Bulgaria and Croatia, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said in Sofia after talks on March 30 with his counterpart from Zagreb, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Grabar-Kitarović arrived in the Bulgarian capital for a two-day visit that includes a number of events, including a Bulgarian-Croatian business forum on March 31.

She and Plevneliev held wide-ranging talks, including on bilateral relations, regional co-operation, energy security, migration and the fight against terrorism, according to a statement by the Bulgarian President’s office.

Plevneliev said that Bulgaria and Croatia support the European integration of their neighbours. “The process of EU enlargement will not be complete until all Western Balkans countries become part of the European family,” he said.

He and Grabar-Kitarović agreed that the development of regional co-operation and improvement of transport and energy connectivity should be a priority for all countries in the region.

“Energy security can only be achieved through the connection of electricity and gas networks by building a system interconnectors. Each country in the region should have access to alternative sources. Therefore the construction of the European Union energy and regional energy market is a shared priority,” Plevneliev said.

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