Bulgarian, Romanian PMs to ‘watch closely’ gas inter-connector project

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov met with Romanian counterpart Dacian Ciolos on June 1 to discuss a number of subjects, ranging from the gas inter-connector pipeline between the two countries to the continuing efforts by Sofia and Bucharest to join the Schengen area, as well as a joint position on the issue of Canadian visas.

Ciolos is in Bulgaria for the annual meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council, hosted by Bulgaria, which holds the rotating presidency of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP).

“There have been numerous obstacles [to the pipeline] over the years, but it does not matter now. Two days ago, in Bucharest, we signed the contract for the inter-connector with Romania. The deadline is to have it completed within three months. We committed both to watch closely this process,” Borissov was quoted as saying.

On May 30, Bulgaria’s gas grid operator Bulgartransgaz and Romania’s Transgaz signed a contract with a consortium that will build the key section of the pipeline under the Danube River. In recent years, the inter-connector has been delayed repeatedly because of difficult geologic conditions under the Danube.

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