Showing posts with label Bulgaria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bulgaria. Show all posts

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Bulgaria suspends works on South Stream project. - Plamen Oresharrski said on Sunday after a meeting with American Senators.

“We have received a request from the European Commission, after which I ordered to suspend the works," - Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharrski said...

Bulgaria suspends works on the South Stream project over the European Commission’s infringement proceedings, Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharrski said on Sunday after a meeting with American Senators.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bulgaria facing EU sanctions over South Stream. (Barroso)

 Outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said that the EC was planning to begin infringement proceedings against Bulgaria for breaching EU laws in its agreements on the Kremlin-backed South Stream gas pipeline, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported on May 28.

At the informal European Council meeting late on May 27, Barroso told EU heads of government that the EC remains steadfast in its opinion that some of the intergovernmental agreements signed by member states with Russia to build South Stream were in contradiction with EU rules, BNR said.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Emergency declared, bridges down after heavy rain hits villages in Vidin area in Bulgaria

A state of emergency has been declared in the municipality of Ruzhintsi in Bulgaria after torrential rain inundated the area, also flooding villages in the Vidin area, damaging bridges, private property and roads.

The emergency was announced after an April 24 special meeting at Ruzhintsi municipal headquarters of the crisis staff headed by Vidin deputy regional governor Nikolai Todorov.

Overnight, about 60 people were evacuated after the heavy rain in recent days flooded the villages of Gyurgich and Pleshivets.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

EC Questioning Bulgaria Over 'South Stream' Ammendment

The European Commission has requested clarification from Bulgaria regarding a proposed ammendment to the Energy Act.

The Commission is concerned that the Bulgarian government is planning to pass an ammendment, which would change the status of the South Stream gas pipeline in its segment, so as not to fall in the range of European legislature.

In December 2013, the EC cautioned Bulgaria (and other countries involved in the project) to renegotiate their bilateral agreements with Russia on South Stream, in order to make them comply with EU law.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bulgaria plans gas pipeline to Turkey. -Approximately 114 kilometers

A Bulgarian delegation will pay a visit to Turkey to discuss a gas pipeline plan between parties that would diversify natural gas resources.

An announcement from the Bulgarian authorities in the Turkish capital of Ankara said a group of experts, along with representatives of the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and Energy, will soon negotiate a gas pipeline connection between the two countries.

Bulgarian ministry officials announced their full support for the project and urged for a swift timetable in undertaking the project.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bulgaria Gives Green Light to Sea Segment of South Stream

The Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Waters has approved the environmental impact assessment for the sea segment of the South Stream gas pipeline.

The conclusion of the report is that the Russian-sponsored project would not affect significantly the environment.

The news was announced by the company South Stream Transport, which hopes to obtain all needed permits and start construction in mid-2014.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bulgaria's Bansko - Europe's Cheapest Ski Resort

Bulgaria's ski holiday resort Bansko has been named Europe's best value ski resort by TripAdvisor for the second year in a row.

The resort was found to offer the best value when compared with 40 other ski destinations, based on typical one-day-visit ski costs plus food and drink.

The costs amounted to just GBP 104 at Bansko. A similar day on the slopes at Courchevel in France - the most-expensive destination - was as much as GBP 432.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gazprom launches South Stream construction in Bulgaria - Miller.

The CEO of Russian energy giant Gazprom Alexey Miller announced on Thursday the start of the 2,380-kilometre South Stream gas pipeline project in Bulgaria.


"Today we are launching the construction of the Bulgarian section of the South Stream gas pipeline," Miller said after talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

Miller and Oresharski watched the beginning of the construction works near the village of Rasovo in north-western Bulgaria on monitors in the Council of Ministers in Sofia.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

South Stream: Varna Plans Revolt against Russian-sponsored Gas Pipeline. The environmental impact of the pipeline.

(map after the necessary correction with the name "FYROM".  
GREECE recognised this country with the name "FYROM")

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Residents of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna are preparing to stage a protest rally against the joint Russian-Bulgarian South Stream natural gas pipeline project. They have prepared 9 questions to Russian gas giant Gazprom's CEO Alexey Miller regarding the environmental impact of the pipeline.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Δήλωση του Δημήτρη Σιούφα για τον Μπουργκάς – Αλεξανδρούπολη

Ο πρώην Πρόεδρος της Βουλής κ. Δημήτρης Σιούφας με αφορμή την καταγγελία από το βουλγαρικό Κοινοβούλιο της διακρατικής συμφωνίας Ελλάδας – Βουλγαρία και Ρωσίας η οποία αφορούσε την κατασκευή του αγωγού πετρελαίου Μπουργκάς – Αλεξανδρούπολη, για την μεταφορά πετρελαίου από την Ρωσία στις δυτικές αγορές, έκανε την παρακάτω δήλωση. «Η πρωτοβουλία της τελευταίας Βουλγαρικής κυβέρνησης και τη ψήφιση από το Κοινοβούλιο της Βουλγαρίας της καταγγελίας της διακρατικής συμφωνίας Ελλάδας, Βουλγαρίας και Ρωσίας, που υπογράφηκε στην Αθήνα στις 15 Μαρτίου του 2007 αποτελεί ένα μεγάλο ιστορικό λάθος.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Bulgaria Denounces Burgas-Alexandroupolis Pipeline Agreement

Bulgaria's Parliament denounced at first reading on Thursday the trilateral agreement for the construction of the Burgas-Alexandoupolis oil pipeline.
A total of 115 lawmakers voted in favor of the denunciation, while 25 were against and two abstained from voting.
The proposal for the denunciation of the agreement was submitted last month by the country's center-right GERB government.
The step comes after the expiration of Bulgaria's proposal from last year for a termination of the intergovernmental agreement by mutual consent.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bulgaria Govt Extends Oil, Gas Exploration Permit of Melrose Resources

Bulgaria's government has extended the oil and gas exploration permit of Scottish Melrose Resources for the Galata field in the Black Sea block by 166 days.
The oil and gas exploration permit was awarded to Melrose Resources in 2011, according to a media statement of the press office of the Council of Ministers.
Melrose Resources undertakes to conduct exploration activities in compliance with the working program approved by the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism during the extension of the permit.

Παραιτείται σύσσωμη η κυβέρνηση της Βουλγαρίας μετά τις διαδηλώσεις

Σόφια: Ο Βούλγαρος πρωθυπουργός και όλοι οι υπουργοί του πρόκειται να παραιτηθούν την Τετάρτη υπό το βάρος των διαδηλώσεων, καθώς η απομάκρυνση (ουσιαστικά) του υπουργού Οικονομικών δεν κατάφερει να κατευνάσει τις αντιδράσεις για την αύξηση της τιμής του ρεύματος.

Ο Μπορίσοφ δεν ξεκαθάρισε εάν σκοπεύει να επισπεύσει τις εκλογές που έχουν προγραμματιστεί για τον Ιούλιο.

«Δεν θα συμμετέχω σε μία κυβέρνηση, υπό την οποία η αστυνομία δέρνει το λαό» είπε ο Μπόικο Μπορίσοφ μιλώντας στο Κοινοβούλιο, όπως αναφέρει το Reuters, στον απόηχο των επεισοδίων στη χώρα κατά τις ογκώδεις διαδηλώσεις.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ο Μπορίσωφ Αναστέλλει την Άδεια της CEZ στη Βουλγαρία Λόγω του Ακριβού Ρεύματος

Υπό την πίεση της κοινής γνώμης, η κυβέρνηση Μπορίσωφ ανακοίνωσε ότι πρόκειται να αναστείλει σήμερα την άδεια διανομής ηλεκτρισμού που κατέχει η τσέχικη εταιρεία CEZ, η οποία διαχειρίζεται το ένα από τα τρία δίκτυα της χώρας.
Είχαν προηγηθεί μεγάλες διαμαρτυρίες των πολιτών για το υψηλό κόστος του ρεύματος, οι οποίες οδήγησανσε απομάκρυνση του υπουργού Οικονομικών. Φαίνεται λοιπόν ότι η λαϊκή αντίδραση προκάλεσε ένα κύμα εξελίξεων που επηρεάζουν τόσο την πολιτική ζωή, όσο και τον κλάδο του ηλεκτρισμού.
Από την πλευρά της, η CEZ δήλωσε ότι «αντιμετωπίζουμε την δήλωση του πρωθυπουργού και του εισαγγελέα ως παραβίαση του νόμου». Η εταιρεία αρνείται ότι προχώρησε σε παράνομες πρακτικές και χαρακτήρισε την απόφαση ως πολιτικού χαρακτήρα ενόψει των φετινών εκλογών.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Βουλγαρία: Στους δρόμους για τους αυξημένους λογαριασμούς ηλεκτρικού ρεύματος

Χιλιάδες κάτοικοι μεγάλων πόλεων της Βουλγαρίας πραγματοποίησαν συγκεντρώσεις και πορείες διαμαρτυρίας κατά των αυξημένων- έως και 100% σε σχέση με τον προηγούμενο μήνα, όπως καταγγέλλουν -λογαριασμών ηλεκτρικού ρεύματος και θέρμανσης.
Οι συγκεντρωθέντες στη Σόφια, έκαναν πορεία και κατέληξαν έξω από το κτίριο του υπουργείου Οικονομίας και Ενέργειας, όπου πέταξαν χιονόμπαλες και ζήτησαν την παραίτηση του υπουργού Ντέλιαν Ντόμπρεφ, ο οποίος επρόκειτο να συναντηθεί με αντιπροσωπεία των πολιτών για να εξετάσουν τις πτυχές του θέματος.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Η ειρηνική ατομική ενέργεια κέρδισε μια μάχη στην Ευρώπη

Η Ανατολική Ευρώπη δεν είναι έτοιμη να εγκαταλείψει την πυρηνική ενέργεια, όπως έδειξε και το σχετικό δημοψήφισμα στη Βουλγαρία, το οποίο θα καθορίσει και το κλίμα των επερχόμενων κοινοβουλευτικών εκλογών στη χώρα. 
Στις 27 Ιανουαρίου η Βουλγαρία πραγματοποίησε δημοψήφισμα με πρωτοβουλία του Σοσιαλιστικού Κόμματος της χώρας, του οποίου ηγείται ο πρώην πρωθυπουργός Σεργκέι Στάνισεφ, καλώντας τους πολίτες να απαντήσουν στην ερώτηση: «Είσαστε υπέρ της ανάπτυξης της ατομικής ενέργειας διαμέσου της κατασκευής νέου πυρηνικού σταθμού;»

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Failed referendum leaves Bulgaria without nuclear future

A referendum on nuclear energy in Bulgaria failed due to low turnout, and the country's ruling party has confirmed it will not build a new nuclear plant. Critics warn that without nuclear energy, Bulgaria may become a third-world country in 20 years.
The referendum, which was supposed to determine the future course of nuclear energy in Bulgaria, has been officially declared invalid: The final voter turnout was about 20 percent, far less than the required 60 percent.
Nearly 61 percent of voters who participated in Sunday’s referendum approved of building the nuclear plant.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov confirmed that his ruling center-right GERB party would not resume construction on a nuclear power plant in Belene.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Is South Stream too hard to handle for Gazprom?

The South Stream pipeline will be built via Bulgaria, ending in the north of Italy. The Russian gas giant has managed to obtain the consent of all the countries, through the territories of which the pipeline is going to be built. The construction may begin as early as in December of this year. Experts point out that the financial requirements of the project may undermine Gazprom's financial situation.
Bulgaria was the last to join the project. Last week, the head of Gazprom, Alexey Miller, and Bulgarian Energy Holding CEO, Michael Andonov, in the presence of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, signed the final investment agreement. The document has approved the construction of the Bulgarian section of South Stream gas pipeline.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bulgaria to Sign 6+4 Year Contract with Gazprom

Bulgaria will seek a gas supply contract with Russian Gazprom for a period of 6+4 years, according to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
Borisov declared Wednesday that the contract would be valid for an extra four years in case Bulgaria failed to produce sufficient gas on its own territory.
Borisov's statement came one day before Bulgaria's signing of the final investment decision on the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bulgaria challenges Russia on energy issues

While there is significant disagreement within the Kremlin about how to deal with Sofia's challenge, Moscow is running out of ways to push Bulgaria into fast-tracking its commitment to South Stream, says Stratfor.
(Stratfor is Texas-based global intelligence company.)
"The dispute between Russia and Bulgaria began after Bulgaria scrapped plans for the Belene nuclear power plant, which was to be built with Russia's help.

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