Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Bulgaria. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Bulgaria. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Τετάρτη, Φεβρουαρίου 04, 2015

Residents of Turkish Thracian province eye suing Bulgaria over floods. Bulgaria sends urgent note to Turkey and Greece on river levels.

Residents in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne are considering suing the Bulgarian government over floods triggered by dams in the neighboring country, Turkish Forestry and Waterworks Minister Veysel Eroğlu has said, expressing his support for such a move. ..

The Thracian city of Edirne, which borders Bulgaria, has been hit in recent days by floods from the Tundzha and Maritsa (Tunca and Meriç) rivers, as heavy rain that gripped the Balkans caused a sharp increase in the water levels of rivers in the area.

Eroğlu said the floods in the city, which prompted the evacuation of two villages on Feb. 2 after large sections of them were submerged, was caused by the sudden melting of snow melt in Bulgaria and dams constructed by the Bulgarian government “without considering flood margins.”

“They built some dams but unfortunately they don’t leave a marginal volume against floods,” he said on Feb. 4, answering reporters’ questions after the inaugural meeting of the EU River Basins Management Plans Project.

Eroğlu said Edirne residents had signaled that they were considering whether to sue Bulgaria, fed up with repeated overwhelming water flows that “put the city in lockdown.”

“When I was in Edirne, they [residents] said they will file lawsuit against Bulgaria about this issue if necessary. I also think it may be useful to do that,” he said.

Minister Eroğlu claimed that the Turkish authorities had warned their counterparts in Sofia “many times” about the issue, but now “our citizens have run out of patience.”

Joint project ‘at deadlock’

He also complained about Bulgaria’s “inaction” over the two country’s joint Tundzha Project, which was designed to take the flow speed and rate of the river under control in order to pave the way for its more efficient use in tourism activities.

“It was a joint friendship project. We completed everything … But when the time came for a bilateral agreement, the Bulgarian government didn’t do anything, although we sent the draft,” he said.

As the two countries have also failed to reach an agreement over the building of a joint dam on the Tundzha River, Ankara has drafted plan B to prevent floods in the region by constructing a dam on the Turkish side of the border, Eroğlu also said.

“We want to direct those waters to a dam on our soil by constructing a dam in Çömlekköy,” he stated, adding that the government planned to use excess water in irrigation during the summer months.

“Hopefully, we will be able to decrease floods from the Tundzha and Maritsa rivers,” Eroğlu added. 
   http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/residents-of-turkish-thracian-province-eye-suing-bulgaria-over-floods-minister.aspx?pageID=238&nID=77882&NewsCatID=351
  4/2/15

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  • Bulgaria is sending Turkey and Greece an urgent note on the levels of three rivers as well as of dams along the Arda River, the Environment and Water Ministry said on February 4, after days of heavy rainfall...

Officials in Ankara and Athens will sent data on the levels of the rivers Maritsa, Tundzha and Arda. 

Torrential rain that began on February 1 has led to at least two deaths in southern and eastern Bulgaria, a number of missing persons, evacuations of about 600 people close to the swollen Kamchiya River, destruction of property and damage to road infrastructure estimated to exceed 12 million leva (about six million euro).

   http://sofiaglobe.com/2015/02/04/bulgaria-sends-urgent-note-to-turkey-and-greece-on-river-levels/
  4/2/15

Παρασκευή, Ιανουαρίου 30, 2015

Bulgaria Still Hopeful of South Stream Pipeline

Bulgaria still hopes that the South Stream gas pipeline project will be implemented, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said Friday...

"We aren't excluding any options [concerning South Stream], because we have not received the official Russian position," Plevneliev said in an interview with the Prague newspaper Lidove noviny.

Plevneliev also indicated that the Bulgarian government is proceeding with the preparatory work for the project's implementation and expressed hope that construction of the gas pipeline would be resumed.

"I hope that the project will eventually get all the necessary construction permits. The Bulgarian position is clear – the project can be implemented only on condition that it will be in compliance with the legal standards of the EU," Bulgarian President emphasized.

The announcement comes at a time when Bulgaria is highly dependent on Russian energy supplies, with about 90 percent of its natural gas coming from Russia.

On December 1, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was abandoning the South Stream gas project.

Among the reasons cited by the president for the project's cancellation, included the "non-constructive" position of the European Commission. Brussels claimed that the project violated the European Union's Third Energy Package, which prohibits the companies simultaneous owning both the gas and the pipeline through which it runs.

On the same day, the head of Russia's energy giant Gazprom Alexei Miller confirmed that the South Stream project had been abandoned, saying that it would be replaced by an alternative pipeline routed through Turkey.

The so-called Turkish Stream will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and customers in South Europe by means of a transit hub on the Turkish-Greek border.
  http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150130/1017566243.html#ixzz3QKXdwYzM

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Πέμπτη, Ιανουαρίου 15, 2015

Bulgarian PM proposes creating gas hub on border with Turkey

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said on Thursday at a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry that he favored the idea of creating a gas hub on the border with Turkey.
“An intersystem gas pipeline with Greece should be built using European money.

Besides, I acquainted our partners with our joint idea with the European Commission to build a gas hub on the Turkish border, if the project (for the construction of a gas pipeline between Russia and Turkey) is really implemented,” Borisov said.
  The Bulgarian premier also confirmed a ban on shale gas extraction in Bulgaria using the hydraulic fracturing method.  “We have stated on numerous occasions that unless a technology is found to guarantee the absence of environmental problems in the most fertile part of Bulgaria, we’ll keep the moratorium on shale gas extraction. Our position is clear and understandable to our partners,” the Bulgarian premier said.
Gazprom head Alexey Miller said on Wednesday that EU countries should hurry up with the construction of infrastructure to receive Russian natural gas from the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project. “They have a maximum of several years for this. This is a very tight schedule. To comply with it, work for the construction of new trunk gas pipelines should be started in EU countries right now. Otherwise, these gas volumes may be redirected to other markets,” the Gazprom head said.
The Turkish Stream gas pipeline project is the sole route for Russia’s future supplies of 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Europe currently delivered via Ukraine, Miller said.
The Gazprom head made this statement in response to a question about the fate of Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline project.
“The project is closed. The Turkish Stream is the sole route, which can deliver 63 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas transited across Ukraine so far. There are no other options,” Miller said.
  • Gazprom has notified its European partners about its Turkish Stream gas pipe plans and now their task is to create the necessary gas transport infrastructure from the border of Turkey and Greece, the Gazprom head said.
  http://itar-tass.com/en/economy/771414
  15/1/15 

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Τετάρτη, Δεκεμβρίου 17, 2014

Bulgaria to send delegation to Moscow to discuss South Stream (reports)

Bulgaria’s Cabinet plans to send a government delegation to Moscow on December 19 to discuss the prospect of reviving the South Stream gas pipeline project, Russian and Bulgarian media quoted Economy Minister Bozhidar Loukarski as saying in Belgrade on December 16, following meetings with Serbian officials.
“Bulgaria never intended to give up on the South Stream project and would like to hear the official position of the Russian Energy minister on it,” he is quoted as saying. He also said that the pipeline could be brought in line with the EU regulations, although it remains unclear to what extent Russia is willing to do so, given that EU rules were one of the main obstacles cited by Russian president Vladimir Putin when he announced the project’s cancellation in Ankara on December 1.

It is unclear, also, whether Russia has agreed on holding such a meeting, with Russian news agency Itar-Tass reporting on December 17, citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation, that Russian energy minister Alexander Novak was still deliberating on the issue of a meeting..........http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/12/17/bulgaria-to-send-delegation-to-moscow-to-discuss-south-stream-reports/

17/12/14
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Πέμπτη, Δεκεμβρίου 11, 2014

Bulgaria ready to place gas hub for European consumers

Bulgaria is ready to place on its territory a gas distribution European-scale station, instead of the South Stream project, according to a verbatim account of a meeting of the Bulgarian government on Wednesday.

“We can build a gas storage facility in Varna, where /South Stream/ pipes were to come out of the Black Sea. The European Commission, under the plan /of its President Jean-Claude/ Juncker, may finance the construction of a liquefied gas storage facility. It will be filled there and pumped from there to Europe,” Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said. “The European Commission will sponsor this hub. We make a distribution centre of the Energy Union in Varna, and we are number one in terms of diversification. It is not in the interests of Turkey or Greece, or any other country. It is in our interests and in the interests of the European Union, and we must solve this problem. We offer the European Commission and the entire Europe a perfect option of placing a gas hub in Bulgaria, not in Turkey.”

Borisov instructed the ministers to notify all parties concerned about this initiative.

On December 1, after the talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was ready not only extend the Blue Stream pipeline but also to build another pipeline system to satisfy Turkey’s growing demand and to build a gas hub at the border between Turkey and Greece to pump gas to Southern Europe.

On the same day, the Russian leader said that in current conditions Russia would not implement the South Stream project. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said the project was no longer topical. “The project is closed, and that’s it,” he told journalists, commenting on the results of the top-level Russia-Turkey talks.

The South Stream project estimated at 15.5 billion euro was meant to supply 67 billion cubic metres of gas a year. Now, the capacity of the Blue Stream gas pipeline that runs across the bottom of the Black Sea to Turkey is 16 billion cubic metres of gas a year. Turkey has repeatedly offered Russia to use its territory as a starting point for gas supplies to Europe.

  http://itar-tass.com/en/economy/766323
11/12/14
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Τρίτη, Δεκεμβρίου 09, 2014

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania to Develop Regional Gas Infrastructure

Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania have signed a contract on cooperation in the development of regional gas infrastructure.

The contract was signed Tuesday by the energy ministers of the three countries.


In February 2011, the EU decided that each Member State had to have at least two sources of natural gas and electricity by 2014 in order to be able to cope with a cut-off of Russian supplies.

Romania still lacks a connection to Bulgaria’s gas grid, despite the fact that a project for the construction of a gas pipeline between Giurgiu and Ruse has been available for years, according to reports of the BGNES news agency.

The gas pipeline, evaluated at around EUR 24 M, is to be completed by 2016.

Romania’s gas transmission grid is connected to those of Hungary and Moldova.

In the case of a suspension of imports from Russia, however, it will not be able to make up for the losses through these connections because the gas imports from Hungary are negligible and the pipeline to Moldova is used for exports.

[novinite.com]
9/12/14

Πέμπτη, Δεκεμβρίου 04, 2014

South Stream pipeline can be built (European Commission)

The South Stream project can be implemented, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday.
South Stream can be built, Juncker said after a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Borisov shared the EC president’s view. “We are in favour of South Stream. We want South Stream to be built in compliance with the EU legislation,” he said.
Borisov said the energy ministers of the countries participating in the South Stream gas project would meet in Brussels on December 9.
“The preparations were not stopped. It was scheduled that the South Stream energy ministers would meet on December 9. This meeting will be held and I hope that it will settle problems, including on the Third Energy Package,” Borisov said.
  •  Meanwhile, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Russia’s decision to stop the South Stream gas project is final.
The pipeline will run to Turkey in compliance with the agreements reached by the presidents of both countries, he said.....................http://itar-tass.com/en/economy/765180
4/12/14
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Τετάρτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 17, 2014

Bulgaria fears new gas deliveries interruption (Deputy PM)

Bulgaria was preparing contingency plans in case of a new interruption in gas supplies from Russia, which was seen as a high-probability scenario, Bulgarian caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said on September 17.

Speaking to reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting, Zaharieva said that the country’s heating utilities have been cautioned to be ready to switch to other fuel types in case of such interruptions.

Bulgaria’s annual gas consumption is about three billion cubic metres. The country imports more than 80 per cent of its gas from Russia.


Despite plans to build interconnector pipelines with neighbouring countries – partially funded by the European Union in the wake of the January 2009 suspension of supplies, caused by a price dispute between Moscow and Kyiv – Bulgaria has only completed the pipeline to Greece, but not those linking it up to Turkey and Romania.

Bulgaria has also a gas storage facility at Chiren near its Black Sea coast, with a capacity of 550 million cubic metres (due to be doubled by 2017, according to plans announced earlier by state-owned company Bulgargaz), which is enough to cover the bulk of domestic consumption for a period between two and four months, depending on the weather.

  • Zaharieva said that gas was being stored at the Chiren facility as scheduled and that the cabinet was in talks with Greek authorities to buy gas if the need arises.

She said that there was no reduction in gas deliveries to Bulgaria. Several eastern European countries reported a decrease in Russian deliveries last week, mainly countries that have signed reverse flow agreements with Ukraine – Poland, Slovakia and Hungary – with analysts interpreting this as a move by Gazprom to curtail reverse gas deliveries with Ukraine, which Russia considers illegal.

Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June, claiming that Kyiv owed more than $5 billion for past deliveries. Ukraine says that the price it pays is too high and has lodged a lawsuit in a Stockholm arbitration court.

Transit gas flows through Ukraine have continued unabated, however, although Moscow has repeatedly claimed Ukraine would dip into supplies meant for European customers for its own domestic needs.

Kyiv has denied the accusation, saying it is merely Russian propaganda meant to scare the EU into approving construction of the South Stream gas pipeline (due to make landfall in Bulgaria), which aims to bypass Ukraine altogether and ultimately replace the Ukrainian transit route altogether.

Previous gas disputes between Russia and Ukraine have resulted in Russia cutting off all gas supplies through Ukraine in January 2006 and January 2009. The latter interruption was felt especially strongly in Bulgaria, as it coincided with a bitter cold spell.

http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/09/17/bulgaria-fears-new-gas-deliveries-interruption-deputy-pm/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bulgaria-fears-new-gas-deliveries-interruption-deputy-pm
17/9/14
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Τρίτη, Αυγούστου 19, 2014

La Bulgarie suspend tous les travaux sur le gazoduc South Stream

Le ministère de l'Economie et de l'Energie de Bulgarie a suspendu la réalisation du projet du gazoduc South Stream jusqu'à ce qu'il soit mis en conormité avec la législation européenne
 

Les fonctionnaires européens reprochent au projet South Stream le fait qu'en vertu des normes juridiques de l'Union européenne le fournisseur des vecteurs d'énergie, en l'occurrence Gazprom, n'a pas le droit de contrôler l'accès aux gazoducs.

Précédemment les autorités bulgares avaient déclaré que South Stream serait réalisé obligatoirement étant donné son importance pour l'ensemble de l'Europe.
Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_08_19/La-Bulgarie-suspend-tous-les-travaux-sur-le-gazoduc-South-Stream-4091/

19/8/14
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Τετάρτη, Ιουλίου 23, 2014

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said on Tuesday that all activities related to the South Stream gas pipeline project should be put on hold until it was brought in line with European legislation.

The statement followed reports about the Bulgarian Energy Holding to prepare the decision on a contract with Russia’s Gazprom for a loan to finance Bulgaria’s participation in the project.
The president expressed surprise and indignation at the continuing project work by the government contrary to its public obligations assumed on June 8 to temporarily suspend the project, the presidential press service said.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said earlier this month that Bulgaria would be able to convince the European Commission that its actions with regard to the South Stream gas pipeline project were justified and founded.

“South Stream will be. It’s not a Bulgarian project and I can only speak about what depends on us, not about the project as a whole, geopolitically,” he said.
The prime minister said Bulgaria had received the European Commission’s suggestions and had ordered all work on the project to be halted, primarily the signing of new contracts and agreements, until the two sides were sure that these suggestions were reasonable.
“We will try to convince the European Commission that we were acting correctly. We have enough arguments for that. But if we can’t do that, we will correct the actions the European Commission disapproved of. If we do not work out these issues now, we may face serious legal problems in the future,” he said.
Bulgaria is hoping to reap maximum benefits from the South Stream gas pipeline project, Minister of Economy and Energy Dragomir Stoynev said earlier.
“We should make maximum use of the South Stream project which is important for both Bulgaria and Europe and for which our country will not pay a single lev but we will create jobs, draw a profit and repay the loans for its construction through dividends,” the minister said.
Stoynev said South Stream “needs political support” and was the only project that could guarantee stable gas supplies. “Northern countries get gas from Nord Stream, and we should also have guaranteed supplies for southern countries from South Stream,” Stoynev said.
All participating countries have authorised the European Commission to conduct negotiations on the gas pipeline with Russia. “This is a strategic project for Europe and its construction should begin this year,” the minister said.
In his opinion, the best solution for Bulgaria would be having direct access to the gas supplier.
The contract to build the South Stream gas pipeline in Bulgaria is fully in line with European legislation, the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and Energy said.
“The position of the ministry has been stated many times - the implementation of the South Stream project is important for Bulgaria both for diversifying gas supplies and from the economic point of view,” the ministry said.
“This is why during the talks with Russia in October 2013 Bulgaria, as an EU member state, could reach an agreement between the Bulgarian Energy Holding and Gazprom, under which the South Stream design company will make the gas pipeline capacity available for use by a third party as required by the Third Energy Package. This clearly shows compliance with our commitment to abide by European legislation,” the ministry said.
Stoynev said “the project will be implemented by European rules and will not violate European legislation” and stressed that “the work will be as transparent as possible”.
South Stream will be built across the Black Sea to South and Central European countries to diversify gas supplies to Europe and reduce the dependence on transit countries.
To build the onshore sections of the pipeline, Gazprom has signed agreements with Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, and Austria...............................http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/741865
22/7/14
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Τρίτη, Ιουλίου 08, 2014

Russia wants South Stream built as scheduled

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sofia on Monday said the South Stream gas pipeline should be built as scheduled, and urged the European Commission to implement a reasonable approach.

He made the statement at a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Kristian Vigenin, after talks for the expansion of bilateral cooperation and the construction of a Bulgarian section of South Stream gas pipeline.


"From our part, we stressed the need for its construction in the planned timeframe and confirmed our willingness to continue for this purpose the constructive dialogue with all interested parties -- as the project participants, as well as the European Commission, " Lavrov said.

He said his country respected the Third Energy Package and the right of the EU and its members to impose any rules for cooperation in their territory in all areas, but in accordance with the general rules of international law, these rules can not be applied retrospectively.

In turn, Vigenin expressed the hope that the active dialogue with the European Commission will soon allow resumption the construction of South Stream on Bulgarian territory, which was suspended in early June at the insistence of Brussels.

Lavrov said the situation in Ukraine was also discussed, and it is impossible to have any excuses for delaying an immediate ceasefire.

Before the press conference, the two ministers attended the signing ceremony of a bilateral agreement in the field of healthcare and medical science, and validated a postage stamp dedicated to the 135th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Earlier on Monday, Lavrov also met with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

Sources: Xinhua -  globaltimes.cn
8/7/14
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Σάββατο, Ιουνίου 28, 2014

Bulgarian authorities see illegal attempts to destabilize banking system

Bulgarian authorities on Friday saw illegal attempts to destabilize country's banking system amid queues of people trying to withdraw their money from cash desks....

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev told reporters that there has been an attack through the Internet and text messages via mobile phones to massively disturb people.

"We have found malicious and deliberate attempts to destabilize the banking system, and an investigation has been carried out in this direction since yesterday," Yovchev said.


This is an extremely serious crime and people who engage in such activity will suffer severe punishment, he added.

Meanwhile, Ivan Iskrov, governor of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) said in a statement that Bulgarian banking system has a good performance and is functioning smoothly, but in the last days an attempt is made to destabilize the country through organized attack on Bulgarian banks without any reason.

"Such criminal acts are directly directed against the savings of every Bulgarian citizen and against financial stability as an essential element of national security," he said.

BNB explicitly states that it will use all its means and resources to ensure people's savings, Iskrov said.

In turn, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev "strongly condemned sustained efforts to destabilize the banking system" and urged citizens "not to succumb to rumors and speculation."

"Bulgarian banking system is well capitalized and regulated and enjoys the trust of international markets," he said according to a press release sent by his press office.

Source:Xinhua - globaltimes.cn
28/6/14
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Κυριακή, Ιουνίου 08, 2014

Bulgaria suspends works on South Stream project. - Plamen Oresharrski said on Sunday after a meeting with American Senators.

“We have received a request from the European Commission, after which I ordered to suspend the works," - Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharrski said...

Bulgaria suspends works on the South Stream project over the European Commission’s infringement proceedings, Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharrski said on Sunday after a meeting with American Senators.  


“We have received a request from the European Commission, after which I ordered to suspend the works. Further actions will be clear after additional consultations with Brussels,” he said.
Russia has not yet received any official notifications from Bulgaria about the suspension of the South Stream project, the Russian energy ministry told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

The issue however can be raised at the three-party gas meeting between representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union due to be held on Monday in Brussels, a ministry spokesman said.

The South Stream project

The South Stream pipeline was designed to carry Russian gas to the EU bypassing Ukraine.
Gas will be pumped to the Bulgaria’s Black Sea port of Varna before extending overland through Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia to supply gas to the Western Europe via Italy and Austria.
The pipeline’s capacity amounts to 63 billion cubic meters.
[SOFIA, June 08 /ITAR-TASS]
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Τετάρτη, Μαΐου 28, 2014

Bulgaria facing EU sanctions over South Stream. (Barroso)

 Outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said that the EC was planning to begin infringement proceedings against Bulgaria for breaching EU laws in its agreements on the Kremlin-backed South Stream gas pipeline, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported on May 28.

At the informal European Council meeting late on May 27, Barroso told EU heads of government that the EC remains steadfast in its opinion that some of the intergovernmental agreements signed by member states with Russia to build South Stream were in contradiction with EU rules, BNR said.
The Commission was prepared to “take corresponding measures”, according to Barroso, who made the same point earlier on May 27 during a meeting with the Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, the report said.

“I informed the prime minister of the EC’s intentions in this area. We must guarantee that the internal market rules are being observed, because we believe that in this case we are risking the energy security of Bulgaria and the energy security of Europe,” Barroso was quoted as saying.

After his meeting with Barroso, Oresharski said that Bulgaria would uphold EU law and was prepared to implement the EC’s recommendations.

However, on the same day that Oresharski was meeting Barroso, South Stream Bulgaria announced that it picked Russian company Stroygazmontazh and a consortium of five Bulgarian firms to carry out construction of the Bulgarian section of the pipeline.

Stroygazmontazh is believed to be controlled by Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, one of the businessmen targeted by US sanctions as a result of the Russian annexation of Crimea (and also, reportedly, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin).
[sofiaglobe.com]
28/5/14
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Πέμπτη, Απριλίου 24, 2014

Emergency declared, bridges down after heavy rain hits villages in Vidin area in Bulgaria

A state of emergency has been declared in the municipality of Ruzhintsi in Bulgaria after torrential rain inundated the area, also flooding villages in the Vidin area, damaging bridges, private property and roads.

The emergency was announced after an April 24 special meeting at Ruzhintsi municipal headquarters of the crisis staff headed by Vidin deputy regional governor Nikolai Todorov.

Overnight, about 60 people were evacuated after the heavy rain in recent days flooded the villages of Gyurgich and Pleshivets.


While Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said that there had been no serious damage, public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television reported that the mayors of the affected villages said that a house had been destroyed, yards flooded, cars deluged and bridges had collapsed.

  • Separate reports said that 10 bridges had been destroyed in the Ruzhintsi area because of the pouring rain that began in the area on April 18 and was continuing on April 24.

  • The bridges that were destroyed were in the villages of Ruzhintsi, Byalo Pove, Drenovets, Pleshivets, Roglets and Drazhintsi.

A disaster was declared in Chouprene Municipality on April 20 after the Gorni Lom River overflowed its banks.

  • Overflowing dams flooded dozens of houses in Vidin overnight, bTV reported.

Meanwhile, coloured rain fell overnight in Bulgaria, a phenomenon resulting from sand being borne from the Sahara by a cyclone that formed over northern Africa earlier in the week and which has been moving north-east, and was reportedly centred over Albania and Macedonia on April 24.

The Bulgarian Academy of Science said that the rain was not harmful.

[sofiaglobe.com]
24/4/14
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Κυριακή, Μαρτίου 30, 2014

EC Questioning Bulgaria Over 'South Stream' Ammendment

The European Commission has requested clarification from Bulgaria regarding a proposed ammendment to the Energy Act.

The Commission is concerned that the Bulgarian government is planning to pass an ammendment, which would change the status of the South Stream gas pipeline in its segment, so as not to fall in the range of European legislature.

In December 2013, the EC cautioned Bulgaria (and other countries involved in the project) to renegotiate their bilateral agreements with Russia on South Stream, in order to make them comply with EU law.


Bulgaria's Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev has received a letter from the EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, requesting clarification on the proposed ammendments. They are believed to be designed to give Bulgaria's South Stream segment a status of "interconnector", which would make it untouchable by EU law.

The EC was quick to assure that this is not part of a legal procedure against Bulgaria, since none of the draft texts have yet been voted in Parliament.
[http://www.novinite.com/articles/159365]

29/3/14
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Τρίτη, Μαρτίου 11, 2014

Bulgaria plans gas pipeline to Turkey. -Approximately 114 kilometers

A Bulgarian delegation will pay a visit to Turkey to discuss a gas pipeline plan between parties that would diversify natural gas resources.

An announcement from the Bulgarian authorities in the Turkish capital of Ankara said a group of experts, along with representatives of the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and Energy, will soon negotiate a gas pipeline connection between the two countries.

Bulgarian ministry officials announced their full support for the project and urged for a swift timetable in undertaking the project.



  • The planned pipeline between Bulgaria and Turkey will be approximately 114 kilometers in length and is due to be completed in two years.

Bulgaria currently receives 90 percent of gas from Russia and the country is concerned the recent events in Ukraine may disrupt the flow of gas through the pipelines.

  • Last month, Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev and Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız announced the planned pipeline would play an important role in the diversification of gas supplies.

  • Russia currently supplies 25 percent of Europe’s gas imports and many European countries rely almost entirely on Moscow for their imported gas.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bulgaria-plans-gas-pipeline-to-turkey------.aspx?pageID=238&nID=63464&NewsCatID=348
11/3/14
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Δευτέρα, Φεβρουαρίου 10, 2014

Bulgaria Gives Green Light to Sea Segment of South Stream

The Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Waters has approved the environmental impact assessment for the sea segment of the South Stream gas pipeline.

The conclusion of the report is that the Russian-sponsored project would not affect significantly the environment.

The news was announced by the company South Stream Transport, which hopes to obtain all needed permits and start construction in mid-2014.


There are 200 planned measures to guarantee nature, cultural heritage and social and economic preservation, according to the announcement. 


A cited example is the decision to not carry out excavation works on the "Pasha Dere"
(Паша дере) beach on the northern Bulgarian Black Sea coast in order to lay the pipes, but to use micro-tunnels at a depth of 20 meters underground, which will prevent construction on the beach and will provide uninterrupted access to beachgoers.

The document has been approved by the Minister of Environment and Waters, Iskra Mihaylova.
 http://www.novinite.com/articles/158081

10/2/14
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Σάββατο, Δεκεμβρίου 21, 2013

Bulgaria's Bansko - Europe's Cheapest Ski Resort

Bulgaria's ski holiday resort Bansko has been named Europe's best value ski resort by TripAdvisor for the second year in a row.

The resort was found to offer the best value when compared with 40 other ski destinations, based on typical one-day-visit ski costs plus food and drink.

The costs amounted to just GBP 104 at Bansko. A similar day on the slopes at Courchevel in France - the most-expensive destination - was as much as GBP 432.


Other bargain resorts included Sochi in Russia (where the one-day costs were GBP 137), Ordino Arcalis in Andorra (GBP 138) and Arinsal in Andorra (GBP 141).

In contrast costs were as high as GBP 428 in St Moritz in Switzerland and GBP 404 in Meribel in France.

The ninth least-expensive resort was the Cairngorms in Scotland where a one-day trip would set visitors back GBP 173.

The survey covered the cost of one night's hotel accommodation, one day's ski pass, one day's basic ski hire, a meal and a bottle of beer for the ski season from December 15 2013 to April 15 2014.

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said: "Eastern European destinations and Andorra offer the best value and, for those wanting to stay closer to home, it's great to see a Scottish ski resort among the 10 least-expensive destinations."
novinite.com

20/12/13
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