The foreign ministers of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania discussed stability in the region and opportunities to expand cooperation at a trilateral meeting in Thessaloniki, the Bulgarian News Agency, BTA, reported.
Foreign ministers Kristian Vigenin, Evangelos Venizelos and Titus Corlatean agreed to work together to expand cooperation in economy, trade, cross-border cooperation, the energy sector, tourism, regional infrastructure, transport, communications, as well as the fight with illegal immigration and corruption, cross-border and organized crime, and human trafficking, the news agency said.
The diversification of energy sources and routes too featured high on the agenda of the talks. The foreign ministers pledged to work together to speed up the implementation of major regional energy infrastructure projects, including the development of interconnectors between Bulgaria, Greece and Romania, as well as the South Corridor projects. They underscored the importance of the projects for a Trans Atlantic Pipeline, a gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Greece and a liquefied natural gas terminal in Northern Greece, as well as the project for a South-North Gas Corridor.
The three foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Ukraine and reiterated their firm support for the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for finding a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis, BTA said. They declared their conviction that the region's future is in the EU and NATO and confirmed their support for the European and Euro-Atlantic prospects of all applicant and potential applicant countries that meet the membership criteria.
Vigenin and Venizelos discussed upgrading the Makaza-Nimfea crossing to allow it to handle heavy-duty trucks. Bulgaria's foreign minister raised the issue of social-security-related difficulties experienced by Bulgarians who have worked in Greece, and his Greek counterpart promised to make arrangements for a Greek-Bulgarian working group to seek a solution.