Extracts from the participation of Günther Oettinger, Boïko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Ivica Dačić, Serbian Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior, in the signing ceremony for the gas interconnector Bulgaria-Serbia
End production: 14/12/2012 First transmission: 14/12/2012
On 14 December 2012, Boïko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, and Ivica Dačić, Serbian Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior, signed, in presence of Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, an agreement to put in place the first gas pipeline between Bulgaria and Serbia. On this occasion they held a press point regarding the so called Nis-Dimitrovgrad-Sofia pipeline which is aimed to contribute to the security of gas supply of the countries. This is particularly important given that both of them were severely affected by the 2009 gas supply disruption. This bi-directional pipeline is also critical to the development of the gas market of the entire region. It is part of the Energy Community Gas Ring concept promoted by the European Commission. The investment required for this 180- kilometre long pipeline, with a capacity of ca 1.8 billion cubic meters per annum, is estimated at 100-120 million Euro. With this agreement in place, investment decisions on both sides of the border can now be taken to enable the completion of project design and the start of construction by July 2014. The first gas should flow by the end of 2015.
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||Arrival of Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, Boïko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister, and Ivica Dačić, Serbian Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior, to the press point at the European Commission in Brussels
||Boïko Borissov and Ivica Dačić signing the Energy Infrastructure - Agreement on first gas pipeline between Bulgaria and Serbia
||Cutaway of press
||Handshake between Boïko Borissov and Ivica Dačić
||Speakers to take the floor
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in ENGLISH): I recall your signing of the joined statement on the preparation of this project in 2010. Having been present at that time, I feel personally attached to this pipeline. The working group, your country established at that time, verified this pipeline's appliance visibility, looked at possible ways to finance it and proposed a sound implementation plan.
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in ENGLISH): It is a short but important document; it is an expression of your commitment to make this important project happen. It is a mutual guarantee to each other that respective sections of this pipeline in each of your countries will meet at the borderlands in three years from now.
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in ENGLISH): This project fits in a very timely way with Serbia's Presidency of the energy community for the whole of 2013. In this context, it can be used as a flagship project, a best example of how complex energy infrastructure projects can be advanced through the cooperation of the energy community contracting parties and EU Member States.
||Soundbite by Boïko Borissov (in BULGARIAN) saying that he is very happy that the European Commission is supporting them including financially and he will be very pleased if the European Commission extends support to Serbia as well.
||Soundbite by Boïko Borissov (in BULGARIAN) saying that Bulgarian and Serbian are two brotherly people who have always loved and supported each other and by constructing the motorways, railways and the gas interconnector, this will mean that Bulgarian and Serbian people will be brought closer to on and other.
||Soundbite by Ivica Dačić (in SERBIAN) saying that he also wants to underline how important this project is for both of their countries because beside Bulgaria, Serbia is almost the only country that has development possibilities for transmission of gas but has only one direction for gas inflow and that is from Hungary.
||Soundbite by Ivica Dačić (in SERBIAN) saying that he would also like to say that many cities from that area that is so called "Southern Serbia" are going to benefit from this gas interconnector pipeline because there are really important industrial centres and this shall improve their further development and also this is going to contribute to some other facilities such as remote heating and other infrastructural parts of those cities.
||Soundbite by Ivica Dačić (in SERBIAN) saying that he is particularly glad to be signing this document here in Brussels especially after the decision of the Council of the European Union, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Member States because during the Presidency of Ireland which is going to take place until June 2013, he believes that they are going to finalise their tasks and be able to initiate accession negotiations.
||Günther Oettinger, Boïko Borissov and Ivica Dačić congratulating each other