The Minister of Energy met with his Bulgarian counterpart

“For us it is not only important for Europe to diversify its energy sources, but also to diversify its energy routes, and to this end aims the technical discussion that starts today with Bulgaria”, said the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, after his meeting this morning, in his office, with his Bulgarian counterpart, Mrs Temenuzhka Petkova, on the occasion of the first meeting of the technical committees on energy cooperation of the two countries which is held in Nicosia.

In particular, the Minister of Energy, after welcoming Mrs Petkova to Cyprus, highlighted that her visit follows President’s Anastasiades visit to Bulgaria last February, where the establishment of technical committees was agreed, for considering the possibility of further cooperation in the hydrocarbon and renewable energy sources (RES) fields.

Therefore, today, Mr Lakkotrypis added, the first meeting of the technical commitees will take place and, before that, we had the opportunity to exchange views with Mrs Petkova on the prospects of energy sources in Eastern Mediterranean and the possibility of creating a new energy corridor from Greece and Bulgaria to mainland Europe. We agreed, the Minister said, that we will have the outcome of the technical committees concerning the various investments planned in Greece -in the liquefied natural gas terminal at Alexandroupoli – but also in the Bulgaria – Greece interconnector, in order to examine the possibilities to cooperate in the field of natural gas in Eastern Mediterranean.

They also discussed, Mr Lakkotrypis added, about the renewable energy sources and the energy efficiency of buildings, as well as the prospects of green energy and the challeges the two countries are facing in this field.

Source: Press and Information Office