Von der Leyen: With the IGB, the new era of energy plan for Bulgaria and the EU begins

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With today's start of commercial operation of the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector (IGB), a new era has begun for Bulgaria and the EU, said today the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in her address at the interconnector commissioning ceremony, which took place in The National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

Von der Leyen stressed that the gas pipeline will be an important factor against "Russia's terrifying energy war against the EU".

– The gas pipeline will bring freedom from Russian energy dependence. Europe can free itself from Russian energy dependence and together we will make a strong Energy Union. Russian energy blackmail in Europe must stop, the President of the European Commission pointed out.

Von der Leyen recalled that 80 percent of the gas used by Bulgaria was obtained from Russia.

– This was before Putin decided to start an energy war against Europe.

This pipeline changes the rules of the game for both Bulgaria and Europe's energy security. This project means getting rid of dependence on Russian gas. This interconnector can cover the entire gas consumption of Bulgaria, which is great news in these difficult times, she pointed out.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in his address at the ceremony stated that the gas interconnector between Greece and Bulgaria will play a very serious role in the implementation of energy security and diversification, not only for Bulgaria, but also for the Balkans and Central Europe.

– Azerbaijani gas is on the market. Azerbaijan is a reliable partner and gas supplier for the EU, Aliyev said, adding that Baku is ready to increase gas reserves from 16 billion to 27 billion cubic meters of gas.

He also emphasized that Azerbaijan has the potential to export electricity to the EU obtained from wind power plants, but it is only looking for an option to transport it.

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