EC Threatens Punitive Measures against Bulgaria, Serbia over South Stream
Thursday, 18 September 2014
The European Commission has called on Bulgaria to suspend the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, warning that it may take punitive measures against Sofia and Belgrade over the matter.
Marlene Holzner, Energy Spokesperson of the European Commission, commented on the matter at a press conference in response to a question regarding the plans of the Serbian authorities about the construction of the gas pipeline.
“Bulgaria is part of the EU so we started an infringement procedure over South Stream. We urged Sofia to respect all rules relating to public procurement. After that, we asked for a confirmation that the rules were being observed. In accordance with the ongoing procedure, we call on Bulgaria to stop construction works. The procedure continues,” she said, as cited by the BGNES news agency and the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA).
Holzner acknowledged that no procedure of this type existed for non-EU member states, adding that the matter could be put up for discussion by the Energy Community, which had “instruments of its own.”