Bulgaria: Prime Minister meets EU transport minister & Romanian counterpart, discusses cooperation in energy
Bulgaria: Prime Minister meets EU transport minister & Romanian counterpart, discusses cooperation in energy.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria – Kiril Petkov, met with the Prime Minister of Romania – Nicolae Ionel Ciucă, on April 29, 2022, to discuss cooperation in energy and connectivity.

The meeting led to the penning down of an agreement between both the countries for a ferry point border crossing Ruse-Giurgiu.

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Briefing about the meeting, the Prime Minister tweeted, “Excellent meeting with PM Nicolae Ciuca, on Romania-Bulgaria active cooperation in energy and connectivity. I am happy that today we have signed an agreement for a ferry point border crossing Ruse – Giurgiu”.

Meanwhile, the Romanian Prime Minister tweeted, “Romania and Bulgaria have many common interests. I agreed with my counterpart and friend Kiril Petkov to work on concrete projects, such as energy and transport connectivity”.

“Only by implementing joint bilaterally, regional and European solutions we can respond to energy challenges and security crisis at our Eastern border”, he further added.

European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean also joined Bulgarian and Romanian dignitaries in the meet, discussing ways to support and strengthen transport projects in both countries.

“Welcome the commitment of Adina Valean to support transport projects in and. Grateful she joined me and Kiril Petkov in discussing navigability on the Danube”, cited Romanian Prime Minister.

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Valean tweeted, “Good meeting today in Bucharest, with the Romanian and Bulgarian Prime Ministers, Nicolae Ciuca and Kiril Petkov. We discussed an issue of national, regional and European importance – the transport infrastructure, in particular, inland waterways”.

Valean called the “Danube” (second-longest river in Europe) as a backbone, as it is a significant network of navigable waterways and for European logistics chains.

The river also links the Black Sea to the centre of the continent and further, via the Rhine, to the North Sea ports.

On the other hand, PM Petkov informed that an intergovernmental task force would be composed immediately to assess the potential location of 4 additional bridges. Also, starting work on the project, agreed upon in 2019, which will be funded by the EU.