Diversification and deepening of energy connectivity were the main issues discussed between the team of the Ministry of Energy and a delegation from the Greek Embassy.
“We are not only neighbours but part of the European family,” said Energy Minister Rumen Radev, at the beginning of the meeting while the Hellenic Ambassador to Bulgaria, Alexios Liberopoulos added that he hoped that both countries would soon be together in the OECD and Schengen.
The Greek ambassador stressed the importance of the country finally having a regular government able to plan long-term priorities. He added that the need had prompted both countries to act rapidly and decisively concerning the gas interconnector when supplies to Bulgaria were suddenly suspended. In such a way, the long-term energy security priorities of the whole region should now be addressed as well.
Minister Radev and Ambassador Liberopoulos agreed that Bulgaria and Greece had huge potential for cooperation in the diversification of energy supplies that would enable the supply of secure and affordable energy to consumers. They shared the view that we had not fully developed the links between the two countries, not only in the field of energy, but also in transport, logistics and demonstrated the will to change this.
In addition to the two prepared Memoranda between Bulgaria and Greece, a possible Memorandum of cooperation on hydrogen production and transport is also considered. Ambassador Liberopoulos said such an agreement could include Romania, which has available possibilities for hydrogen storage.
Minister Radev highlighted that the projects launched so far were progressing well, including increasing the network capacity and the cooperation between the two countries was gradually going in the right direction.