EC "not promoting Eastring pipeline"
The European Commission (EC) is not promoting the Eastring pipeline project which was first proposed and then withdrawn, the EU Delegation in Serbia has said.Source: Tanjug
A statement carried by Tanjug noted that "the EC is committed to diversification of Serbia's gas supply sources, especially via the gas interconnection between Serbia and Bulgaria," and added:
"The EC is promoting a plan of gas connection in the central and south-east Europe in which Serbia is actively participating," states the release and adds that the Eastring project was proposed within this initiative but was then withdrawn."
The statement also said that the Serbia-Bulgaria connection constitutes a project of joint interest for the Energy Community.
The statement, published on the Delegation's website on Monday, is dedicated to energy security and diversification of gas sources as a priority of the Energy Community, and notes that the EU "believes it is in the interest of all sides that Ukraine maintains its position of an important transit country."
Last week, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said he learned from Russian officials that the EU had plans for a pipeline that would bypass Serbia, criticizing the organization's treatment of Serbia.