Macedonia, Bulgaria Agree to Boost Energy Cooperation
Feb 20, 2008 - BBC Monitoring European
Cooperation between Macedonia and Bulgaria in the
energy sector was the main topic of discussion at
Wednesday's [20 February] meeting of Vice Premier
Zoran Stavreski with Bulgarian Minister of Economy
and Energy Petur Dimitrov.
Vice Premier Stavreski asked for Bulgaria's support
in realization of Petrich-Strumica gas pipeline, exchange
of electricity surpluses in certain periods, as well
as completion of the 400kW line between the two countries.
Bulgarian Minister Dimitrov voiced readiness for
cooperation on all issues at an expert level in the
The meeting also focused on possible cooperation
for investments in the combined gas energy plant in
Skopje, as well as strategic energy issues related
to routes of the Balkan gas pipeline and other issues
of mutual interest in the energy sector.
The Macedonian delegation, which also includes Minister
of Transport and Communications Mile Janakieski, Macedonian
Power Plants (ELEM) Director Vlatko Cingovski, and
Macedonian Transmission System Operator (MEPSO) Director
Vladimir Zdravev met earlier with Bulgarian Transport
Minister Petur Mutafchiev.
The meeting tackled passenger and railway Corridor
8 and the debt of Macedonian Railways towards the
Republic of Bulgaria, for which a mutually acceptable
solution has been reached.
Moreover, competent ministers agreed on intensification
of activities for EU's financial support for Corridor
8, reads the press release.
Originally published by MIA news agency, Skopje,
in English 1642 20 Feb 08.
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