Romania’s Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said on Thursday that the Greece-Bulgaria natural gas interconnector is extremely important to the transmission network to Europe.
He was on a working visit to Greece to attend the commissioning of the Greece-Bulgaria natural gas interconnector.
“It is a very important interconnector to everything that means natural gas transmission network to Europe. Basically, this interconnector will ensure the connection between the network that passes through Anatolia and the Adriatic and also connects through the BRUA pipeline, thus giving consistency to the vertical corridor and securing the supply of gas to both Bulgaria and Romania. And, of course, we can secure the gas supply to our eastern partners, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, and of course of other countries that are on the distribution diagram of this gas network,” Ciuca said at a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
He added that the energy ministers of Romania and Greece were to sign a memorandum on joint medium and long-term projects.
“This is the second meeting we have in a short period of time. The day before the invasion of Ukraine began I had an official visit to Bucharest, where together we signed a joint statement to strengthen political, economic and sectoral co-operation. Today, we were able to have a coherent continuation of the decisions we took together in Bucharest. In today’s delegation we had representatives from the ministries of energy of Greece and Romania, we had representatives of companies that are the ones who put into practice the political decisions we make and I can say that it was a very dynamic and practical meeting that has short-term objectives and medium- and long-term objectives. The signing of a memorandum at the level of the ministers of energy will follow, to secure our joint projects in the medium and long term,” added Ciuca.
PM Ciuca asks Greek counterpart Mitsotakis to support Romania’s accession to Schengen
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, present in Greece on Thursday, called on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to support Romania’s accession to Schengen, noting that since the outbreak of the Ukraine war, our country has provided all the elements for the transit of people, goods and grain to be carried out safely.
The message was sent in a joint press statement made by Nicolae Ciuca and the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
“With regard to bilateral relations, we have asked the Prime Minister and, of course, his team, to support us in everything that means our efforts to be admitted to the Schengen area as soon as possible. It is a national goal, it is a recognition of the efforts that our country has made in this regard, efforts that have been very visible during this period, since the war in Ukraine started, and we have provided all the elements so that the transit of people, goods, cereal from Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova can be carried out safely, proving that we comply with the requirements of the EU acquis, the Schengen acquis. And at the same time it is a reward for the Romanian citizens who have been waiting for ten years to obtain this status of Schengen member country, because in this way I think we will be able to contribute much easier to everything that means both the transit of goods and the security and safety-enhancing elements on the Schengen border,” the Romanian premier said.
In his turn, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Romania and Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area had been addressed in bilateral talks.
“We also discussed the integration of Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen area. In general, we also referred to the trajectory of the Western Balkans in their integration into the great European family, because it will lead to a development of the economy, in general, throughout our peninsula and to stability and security in the area,” said the Greek prime minister.
Compiled from Agerpres