Caught in South Stream trap, EU countries seek EU help

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Six EU countries are in “a mess” with the bilateral deals they signed with Russia to build the South Stream gas pipeline, Bulgaria being the most desperate to get EU help to sort out the legal mess it has got itself into, Commission officials told EURACTIV.

Marlene Holzner, spokesperson to Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger strongly denied on Friday that the EU executive has had knowledge from a long time of the intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with the six EU countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria) and with Serbia.

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