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Greece Plans to Reanimate Burgas-Alexandroupolis Oil Pipeline

Date: 23.06.2010

Greece might exert diplomatic pressure over Bulgaria for the realization of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline

Greece is planning a diplomatic initiative in order to “revive” the stalled Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project in which it is a partner country together with Bulgaria and Russia.

Greece is planning a diplomatic initiative in order to revive the stalled Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project in which it is a partner country together with Bulgaria and Russia.

This still mysterious initiative has been announced by Yannis Maniatis, Greece’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Environment, who spoke before the Greek Parliament late Monday, answering a question by the opposition party “New Democracy”.

In his words, the diplomatic initiative is expected “in the coming weeks”; it will be undertaken “after thorough preparation in a way which is deemed suitable for the Greek interests.”

Maniatis, however, has not revealed any details as to what the Greek government’s new diplomatic would entail.

He did state that Greece has not changed its position in favor of the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline despite the “controversial” messages coming from the Bulgarian government.

neftegaz.ru

During the Parliamentary hearing, the opposition New Democracy accused the ruling Socialist party PASOK of duplicity with respect to the project and failure to react to the Bulgarian position.

MP Dimitris Avramopoulos from New Democracy urged the Greek government to exert diplomatic pressure on Bulgaria in order to save the project.

These demands come about a week after Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov suggested that his government was pulling out of the project, which would amount to killing it. Subsequently, he and other government members clarified that Bulgaria will make a final decision on the pipeline after the completion of an internationally sanctioned environmental assessment expected to be ready in February 2011.

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