The IGB pipeline, together with the rest of the energy infrastructures that are being launched and the connecting axes with North Macedonia and Italy, make Greece a critical link and energy entry hub in Europe
The role of Greece as an energy bridge between the South and the North, with the Balkans and Europe, the upgrading of our country on the energy and geopolitical map and its role in the energy security and supply of the wider region, at a critical juncture, is marked by the today’s opening ceremony of the commercial operation of the Greece-Bulgaria natural gas interconnector pipeline (IGB) in Sofia, which will be attended and addressed by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
In addition to the Greek prime minister, the leaders of the other countries involved, the presidents of Bulgaria, Serbia, North Macedonia, Azerbaijan, the prime minister of Romania, and the president of European Commission.
The IGB pipeline, together with the rest of the energy infrastructure that is being launched and the connecting axes with North Macedonia and Italy, make Greece a critical link and energy entry hub in Europe, contributing decisively to energy security and the diversification of energy sources, as has been pointed out by the Greek government.
Mr. Mitsotakis, who is accompanied by the Minister of Environment and Energy Kostas Skrekas, will have a series of bilateral meetings, before and after the ceremony, with the presidents of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, the Prime Minister of Romania Nicolae Ciuka and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. International and regional developments are expected to be discussed in these bilateral meetings.
In particular, the agenda of the meeting with the president of Azerbaijan is expected to include the prospects for further development of economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries, with an emphasis on the energy sector, as Azerbaijan is one of the most important suppliers of natural gas in Europe.
The prime minister will also have a meeting with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and, according to government sources, Mr. Mitsotakis is expected to reiterate the imperative need for decisive European action and the imposition of a cap on natural gas. He will insist on this proposal during the informal European Council that will meet in Prague next Friday, October 7.
He will also inform the president of the European Commission about the escalation of Turkish aggressive rhetoric and reiterate that Greece is in favor of dialogue, based on International Law, but will defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The ceremony will take place at the National Palace of Culture (NDK). The reception of the guests is scheduled for 10.30 and the start of the ceremony for 11.00
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