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

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Friday, June 29, 2018

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*Brussels/EU Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/-
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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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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