Sofia is to host next Monday the first meeting on matters of the Europe Energy Union and its implications in Southeast Europe, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union Maros Sefcovic told a news conference on Wednesday. Sefcovic said that a very thorough discussion is to to start on Monday on how to recreate the energy landscape in Southeastern Europe because this part of the EU is still not adequately integrated into the European energy system. There is still a big need for major infrastructure projects, he said, noting that "we must ensure that this part of Europe is getting secure and affordable energy".
The EC official said that one of the questions that are going to be discussed are the many opportunities for energyinfrastructure projects in Bulgaria.The most optimal solutions for gas and electricity interconnections will be sought, hesaid. Sefcovic spoke about a big hope in the development of the southern pipelines for delivery of Azeri gas. Everyone in Europe is interested in the realization of these projects, he said.
About the idea to build a gas hub in Bulgaria, Sefcovic said that projects like this one can receive European funding iftransparency is achieved and if agreements of consent are signed with the countries in the region that this is an acceptable way to ensure gas.