German Chancellor Promises Help, to Send Experts to Bulgaria
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Germany is to send experts who are going to advise Bulgaria on issues such as judicial reform, energy projects and absorption of European Union (EU) funds. This was agreed between Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at their meeting on Monday in Berlin, Darik radio reports. Borisov and Merkel have discussed the idea for the construction of a gas hub as a substitute for the cancelled South Stream project as well as Bulgaria's accession into Schengen, the electronic edition of 24 Chasa daily reports. Borisov has presented to Merkel the idea for the construction of a gas hub near the Bulgarian city of Varna, from where the gas will be handled by the EU following the creation of the common energy market. The topic will be discussed further at the forthcoming meeting of the European Council on Thursday. Merkel said that Germany has a positive experience with Russia as a partner, and has received an assurance that Bulgaria is also reliable partner. The German Chancellor did not give a concrete answer whether Germany will engage with providing financial compensations to Bulgaria for the losses arising from the cancellation of the South Stream pipeline. Merkel mentioned that multiple contracts have been concluded and it is most important to review very carefully the legal side of the issue and reach a solution which is in compliance with EU regulations.