Wednesday, October 1, 2014   

Bulgaria told to suspend gas project
(06-03 19:25)

The European Union is telling Bulgaria to suspend preparatory work on Russian energy company Gazprom's South Stream gas pipeline, which will bypass Ukraine to bring supplies into the heart of Europe.
EU Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger said Tuesday that work on the line should not proceed until the Bulgarian government gives clear answers on antitrust concerns over ownership. She added that "the project should be reevaluated in the light of the EU's energy security priorities.''
The standoff over Ukraine has forced the 28-nation EU into a sudden rethink of its energy policies to make it less reliant on Russia and state-owned Gazprom.
The start of the construction works in Bulgaria was initially scheduled for June, but now is likely to be delayed. --AP   
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