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EU Chair Bulgaria Prime Minister Borisov: Balkans Connected + with LNG Transport via Greece/Cyprus+

Written by ACM
Friday, 29 June 2018

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While Balkan Countries' better Integration in Europe is a Priority of the Next EU Presidency by Austria (7-12/2018), the out-going EU President-in-office, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov (1-6/2018), speaking to Journalists in Brussels, including "Eurofora", at the Conclusion of this June 2018 EU Heads of State/Government Summit, stressed that, Already, Balkan Countries "are InterConnected" and want to Develop that Further, pointing, in particular, on the Key Issue of "Liquid Gas" transfers towards EU's core areas :

 - Even regarding the "Western Balkans" themselves, "Connectivity" extended Nowadays up to "11 Projects" more, for that area, pointed out Borisov, just after Adding also anOther Key move :
 
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>>> - "Just 1,5 Hour ago, we (Bulgaria) Signed, together with Cyprus and Greece, a Contract on an InterConnector for Liquid Gas (LNG), through Greece towards Bulgaria, which is Supported by EU Commission", he announced.

    Borisov said that Today Early Afternoon in Brussels, during the Official Press-Conference at the Conclusion of this June 2018 EU Heads of State/Government's Summit, jointly Together with EU Council's and EU Commission's Presidents, Donald Tusk and Jean-Clade Juncker, respectively.

    In Addition to the Already Existing Off shore De-Gasification Facilities at the North of Greece, near Alexandroupolis, Facing Bulgaria, it's also on NLG Energy Transports, that, Recently, an EU-supported Project, including also De-Gazification Facilities and Supplies provided for consumption by other Ships, practically linked Together Cyprus' Limassol, Greece's Creta, Patra and Igoumenitsa (facing Corfu), as well as Italy's Venice Seaports.

    Cyprus' President, Nicos Anastassiades, on his way Home from Brussels, is reportedy due to Visit Paris, Tomorrow , in order to meet with French TOTAL Company's Leadership, who have just expressed their Interest to Extend their Share of the Straregic Island EEZ's Oil/Gas Natural Resources' Explorations, Findings and Exploitation, also Together with Italy's ENI.

    Israel, who is already, notoriously engaged, Together with Cyprus, Greece and Italy, in a parallel EU-Supported Project for an East-MED underSea Pipeline, (See, among many others, also, f.ex. : ... etc), appears also due to be Interested, in Addition, by such Ship Transports of NLG Energy Directly from the New and Growing South-East Mediterranean Oil/Gas Findings, (between Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and EU Member Country Cyprus' coastline Seabeds), Directly towards the rest of Europe.

    France's "Marseille-Foss II" brand New, Huge DeGazification Platform, alike Various other Similar NLG-related Facilities also in Italy, Spain, as well as Croatia, etc., can, Naturally, be easily Associated to such Sea Transports of Energy Directy to the EU.

    But it's also a forthcoming, Quadrilateral Summit, between Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, Next Week in Salonica (Thessaloniki), with Prime Ministers Tsipras, Borisov, Dancila and Vusic, respectively, which could Discuss Energy-related, relevant Plans, (as far as Terrestrial Pipelines' components are concerned).

    Indeed, Plans for a Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRUA) Pipelines' Network are currently advancing, with the Aim to add Liquid Gas Findings at the South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea (via that Greece-Bulgaria component : Comp. Supra), together with Romania's own Gas Findings at its EEZ in the Black Sea, for Transport towards EU's Industrial core, via the forthcoming EU Chair : Austria (7-12/2018).

    Romania, (who is taking over EU's rotating Presidency from January to June 2019), has, indeed, plans to Boost such NLG Energy Transports, particularly from the Black Sea, towards EU's Franco-German Industrial core, especially since the Recent Gas Findings at its own EEZ.

    But Bucarest notoriously was, also, a Key Part in a Previous Project, called "AGRI", due to Gather Oil-Gas Energy from the Kaspian Sea, via an Azerbaidjan - Georgia - Romania Link, through the Black Sea, (on which "Eurofora" has extensively published in the Past, with many relevant Statements by various Key Top Officials, Ministers, Heads of State, EU Commissioners, etc), afterwards Continuing either via the Danube-Rhine rivers, always in Ship Transport of NLG Containers, and/or through a Pipeline, until EU's Industrial core.
 
 
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    => This could, obviously, be Revived Nowadays, in Association with that New Pipeline Plan for Romania's own Oil/Gas Findings in its EEZ at the Black Sea, which would naturally Strengthen the Utility of such a Danube-Rhine rivers' and/or Pipeline DIRECT Link to EU's Industrial Core, (i.e. withOut being Obliged to Transit through a 3rd Country), able to Serve Now for All these 3 Purposes : Transport Energy from Romania's EEZ in the Black Sea, and/or from a Part of South-Eastern Mediterranean's Findings, as well as from the Kaspian Sea's resources (Azerbaidjan, etc).

    It would, certainly, be Preferable to have a Safer, Faster and Cheaper Way to Transport Kaspian Sea's Oil/Gas Energy Directly to Europe, Instead of being, on the Contrary, Obliged to make Long, Expensive and Dangerous Zig-Zags, by descending Down to Turkey, Southwards, only to Cross through Risky Conflict-ridden Areas, first of Kurds and afterwards of Assyrians, near to Islamist Extremists' or Terrorists' Armed Gangs (such as Idlib, and soon Afrin, adjacent to Ceyhun, where the Azerbaidjan-Turkey Pipeline currently ends), and/or go through a Dangerously Earthquake-prone Anatolia's plateau, near Izmit (facing Istanbul), the Epicenter of 1999's Deadly Quake which Destroyed Factories and OIl Rafineries, Killing more than +30.000 Poor People in Shaky and Demolished Houses, etc, before Seeking, Desperately, to find if anyone, from the European Continent, might, eventually, be so Crazy and/or Irresponsible as to Build an Expensive and Uselessly Long Pipeline, all the way until it might approach a Turkish tube from Asia Minor, Risking various Conflicts, Earthquakes, useless Waste of Money, and/or notorious Blackmails by the Turkish Regime...

    + Moreover, in Addition, a Black Sea - Romania - Hungary - Austria (etc) Energy Transport Network, Directly to EU's Industrial core, (Comp. Supra), would Offer an Opportunity also for Russian Gas to Supply EU Countries, in Free Trade and Equal Terms, Non-Monopolistic, Neither Conflict-ridden or Earthquake-prone, but much Safer, Shorter, Cheaper and well-Monitored EU-controlled, Energy Transport Infrastructures, usefully Contributing to Alleviate Dangerous Tensions and Divisions of the PanEuropean (EU-Russia) Area too.
 
++ All this, topically, at the Eve of an exceptional China - 16+ Summit with Central-Eastern European Countries (EEC), from Bulgaria up to Estonia, etc, Next Week in Bulgaria (Sofia), which is due to try to Boost Trade and Transports' practical Issues, etc., in the foreseeable Future. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 
    => An Interesting Bulgarian - Austrian - Romanian "Trio" of rotating EU Council Presidencies 2018-2019...
 
 
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Facing a 70% Abstention threat in 2009 Election, EU endorses EuroFora's idea for Citizens' debates on crucial EU decisions !

- Different views on "Europe's Future", should be debated among Citizens at June 2009 EU Elections, thanks to political Parties' "Manifestos", says EU Parliament's Report


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
A main idea, initiated and promoted by EuroFora's founders since 1997: the vital need to develop European Citizens' democratic right to actively participate in multilingual debates on EU decisions, is formally endorsed by the EU from 2009 !

The move is a key attempt to overcome "catastrophic" Polls which warn that only ...30% of Citizens are ready to vote in the forthcoming June 2009 EU Election !  This was revealed by EU Commission's vice-president, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, during a "hot" meeting of EU Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, during the December 2008 Strasbourg session.

Wallstrom faced criticism, but also suggestions from various MEPs, naturally worried by Abstention threats which herself found even "worse" than in 1999 or 2004...

A Report on "Active Dialogue with Citizens",examined at the same time, presented some useful practical tips, on "facilitating Interviews"; etc., but also a  potentialy important call to "incorporate the conclusions of ...debates...into (EU) policies, and take into consideration the expectations that Citizens have of the EU when deciding". An amendment even implies that Citizens' participation in debates on EU decisions is a democratic "Right".

More importantly, it finds that  a Debate "on the Future of Europe", (as French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked since 2007), would be a good idea " for the 2009 European parliamentary Elections", because "clarifying the political differences between the EU political parties would help citizens to identify themselves with, and choose between various concepts", for which "all parties (should) present their Manifesto".

A "Joint political declaration on Communicating Europe in Partnership", co-signed by "the European Parliament, Council and ... Commission", confirms that they "attach the utmost importance to improving communication on EU issues", by "enabling European citizens to exercise their right to participate in the democratic life of the Union, in which decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizens, observing the principles of pluralism, participation, openness and transparency".

This should "enable Citizens to exercise their right to express their views and to participate actively in the public Debate on European Union issues", while also "promoting the respect of multilingualism". In this regard, EU confirms its "wish to develop synergies with national, regional and local authorities as well as with representatives of Civil Society".

    It's since 1997 that a group of EuroFora's founders have officially presented a pioneer Project (then called "EIW", for "Europe in the World"), which aimed to develop Strasbourg's "Polyphonic music", by providing "Interactive information", on "main issues ... during the Decision-making process of European Organizations which engage in Transparent and Public Democratic Debates"

    This should be done, inter alia, by "exploring the potential of New Communication Tools (mainly Internet)", as well as classic-form debates, the 1997 EIW pioneer project's anounced in its "Synopsis". It was formally "accepted for evaluation" by EU Commission in Brussels in order to be examined for a grant in the framework of the "Research/Technology/Development (RTD) Programme in the field of Information Technologies", then called "ESPRIT", as a "Best Practice Pilot Project".

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        But the vital, urgent Political need for EU to search new, efficient ways to reach the People and interact with European Citizens, was really felt in Brussels and elsewhere only after the unprecedented in History 1999 and 2004 Majority Abstention in EU Elections, followed by 3 "NO" in Referenda in France, the Netherlands and Ireland, on 2005 and 2008...
    In this New Political Landscape, we prepared a new, actualised and more developed version of our initial idea, in a simplified and more efficient form, thanks also to a large Experience accumulated during many years of EU/CoE/UNO Press work and Multi-lingual debates, with the New project "EuroFora" :

    On 2006 we presented in Public its main lines during Questions/Replies that we raised at two Press Conferences by EU Commission President, Jose Baroso, and mainly EU Commission's vice-President, in charge of Communication policy, Margot Wallstrom, together with EU Parliament's vice-president, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in Strasbourg, (Videos available), and we reminded it at various brief contacts with Commissioner Wallstrom in 2007 and 2008.

    Meanwhile, a new Text was also presented for "EuroFora" Project mainly to certain Political and other personalities, at European, National or Regional/Local level, mainly in 2007, but also in 2008..

    Now, after the unexpected 2008 Irish "NO", and before the 2009 EU Elections, which are due to be of exceptionally crucial importance for Europe's Future, the moment has obviously come to launch that project, progressively, but in real practice.

    Whoever really cares for Europe and its Citizens is welcome to join, in one way or another. Only anti-European, anti-democratic, obscure or ignorant groups might oppose or attempt to "steal" and deviate the main idea.

    But European Citizens, incited by enlightened political leaders, are those who will finally write the real History.

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