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Gas connection between Serbia, Bulgaria a top EU priority

Maroš Šefčovič

TANJUG_maliOBRENOVAC – The project to build a gas connection between Serbia and Bulgaria is one of the European Union’s top priorities, European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said on Wednesday.

The proposals for funding the project pursuant to EU rules for IPA funds are yet to be discussed with the prime ministers and the ministers in charge, Šefčovič told reporters as he toured the Nikola Tesla coal-fired power plant in Obrenovac.

A special EU working group is working on the project and progress is expected to be made at the next meeting, to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, next month, he said.

The EU is backing the project in order to enable countries with only one gas supply route to obtain more gas connections, as well as lower gas prices, Šefčovič noted.

The project will boost energy security in the region, as well as the integration of the countries of the region, said the European Commission vice president.

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