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Possibilities for construction of natural gas interconnector Macedonia-Bulgaria explored

The possibilities for the construction of a natural gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Macedonia, including the technical, financial and regulatory aspects were explored at the first meeting of the working group between the Macedonian and Bulgarian delegations within the Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of natural gas.

The first meeting of the working group was held in Sofia during the official visit of Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi, while the Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of natural gas was signed on August in Skopje, Ministry of Economy said in a press release.

While in Bulgaria, Economy Minister Bekteshi met with Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova and discussed the cooperation between Bulgaria and Macedonia in the field of energy, security of energy supply, diversification of energy sources as well as the importance of new interconnection links and regional cooperation.

During the meeting, special emphasis was put on Bulgaria’s taking over of the EU Presidency on Jan. 1, 2018 with the focus on Western Balkans whereat Bulgarian side expressed its readiness to support Macedonia in infrastructure investments in the field of energy and its path to EU integration.

The lack of infrastructure is a big problem for the Balkan region and Bulgaria is actively working to overcome this shortcoming, Petkova underlined.

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