Cause and Effect in European Politics and Law

Eastern Partnership should not intefere with the Black Sea Synergy

Adelina Marini, May 8, 2009

The new EU initiative Eastern Partnership shouldn't interfere too much with the Black Sea Synergy in which Bulgaria has a very serious contribution, said Bulgarian prime minister Sergey Stanishev at the Prague summit where the Initiative has been for the first time introduced. The main aim of the Initiative is the deepening in relations with the countries of the East but without Russia. Beside this Sergey Stanishev hoped that Bulgaria would become a major centre for discussions on energy issues. Sofia is interested in participating in as many projects of the "Nabucco" and "South Stream" scale as possible because they would secure additional income and would make Bulgaria more influential on the energy map of Europe.

Deputy prime minister and foreign minister Ivaylo Kalfin supported the same position in Sofia in front of the members of the club "Young diplomat" which is part of the Sofia organisation of the BSP (Bulgarian Socialist Party). There he said that the energy summit in Sofia in the end of April was much broader than the one that starts today in Prague, dedicated to the Southern Corridor.