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Greek And Bulgarian Leaders Meet To Discuss Regional Issues

Greek and Bulgarian leaders meet to discuss regional issues

Borissov and Mitsotakis discussed strategic projects of regional and pan-European importance – August 24, 2020 The working meeting of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has begun in Athens. The two expressed their approval for the agreements concluded today, which further strengthen the partnership between Bulgaria and Greece in the energy field. Borissov pointed out that the two countries work together for
the implementation of strategic projects of regional and pan-European importance, not only in the field of energy but also transport connectivity in Europe. He was adamant that the cooperation between Bulgaria and Greece is of key importance for the stability and prosperity not only of the two countries but also represents an axis of stability in Southeast Europe. He stressed the need for the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector to be completed on time and to supply natural gas from Azerbaijan and liquefied gas from various sources. At the same time, with the construction of the Balkan Stream, in addition to Bulgaria, energy diversification will also be achieved for Serbia, Hungary and Austria. Borissov pointed out that the creation of a competitive energy market with equal treatment of all projects is a necessary condition for ensuring energy security, as well as for ensuring the well-being of European citizens. He also drew attention to the issue of facilitating the movement of people between Bulgaria and Greece in the conditions of coronavirus. According to him, the resumption of work at as many border crossings as possible is important not only for both countries, but also for communications in the EU. Borissov also expressed a desire for the rapid construction of the Rudozem-Xanthi border checkpoint, which will help the development of the border area, further improve traffic and is generally in the interest of developing bilateral trade and tourism exchanges between the two countries. Prime Minister Borissov pointed out that Greece is among the five leading investors in Bulgaria. Current topics of the European agenda and the European perspective of the Western Balkans will be discussed during the workshop. Source: Government of Bulgaria

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