Bulgaria warns EU on dependence on Turkish transit routes

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 28.7.2017 04:43

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov voiced concern on 19 July over excessive dependence on transit routes of gas lines across Turkey. The increasing number of routes across Turkey can affect the EU's energy security.

The European Commission is expected to approve the second branch of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which would boost Turkey's position as a regional hub and essentially, make the country the main transit route to the EU. Due to the tense relations between Turkey and the EU, the move is accepted with some restraint. Moreover, Bulgaria is afraid that it would lose the status of a transit country for Russian gas to Turkey, and therefore lose revenue from transit. Borissov wants to build a gas hub near Varna, ideally with the EU's financial support, so that Bulgaria can buy gas from TurkStream, because after the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Bulgaria will essentially be without any gas - gas has so far been exported through pipelines led through Romania and Ukraine, which Nord Stream 2 is bypassing.

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