Bulgaria Sold Woodland to South Stream Despite Freeze of Activities
Monday, 04 August 2014
Bulgaria's Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that 359 da of woodland were sold to South Stream Bulgaria in July.
The ministry's press office made the announcement after the investigative website Bivol.bg published a report on the deal.
The latest developments also came against the background of outgoing Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski's earlier assurance that activities on the construction of South Stream will be halted after the European Commission raised its doubts about the project's compatibility with the Third Energy Package and announced it would start an infringement procedure.
South Stream Bulgaria, a 50-50 joint venture of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) and Russian energy concern Gazprom, purchased the land for nearly BGN 10.78 M (EUR 5.51 M).
A square meter of the area was therefore worth EUR 15, below usual prices.