A summit-level meeting of all EU energy ministers is to be held in Bulgaria in three weeks' time, the country's Deputy PM for EU Funds and Economic Policy Tomislav Donchev announced on Sunday.
Donchev told the Bulgarian National Television the event could produce decisions on the "new energy projects" to be carried out in the bloc.
In his words, the importance of Bulgaria, alongside geopolitical risks, had "grown a lot" in the current situation, a fact he also believes could explain the visits of UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry last week. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is also due in Bulgaria sometime by the end of January.
Bulgaria is hoping to have its proposal, which involves the creation of a gas hub at the Black Sea coast, pushed up on the European agenda. Under Sofia's plans the hub should be where the abandoned South Stream pipeline was to land, and this would require the construction of South Stream's offshore section which did not start after Russia suspended the project in December.