The European Commission said on Thursday that it was aware of a video published by EURACTIV’s partner in Bulgaria Dnevnik, showing that room is made at the Varna harbour in Bulgaria for the pipes to be used for the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline.
The video comes after Bulgaria’s government confirmed that the project had been frozen.
Asked by EURACTIV to comment, Commission spokesperson Chantal Hughes said the EU executive was aware of the video but that the Commission assumed that construction was suspended, and that it was not going to comment on whether delivering pipes consisted a violation.
“We would expect that the construction is suspended as we have previously requested and the authorities have confirmed that they would do so”, European Commission spokesperson Chantal Hughes said.
She reminded that regarding the Bulgarian section of South Stream, there was an infringement procedure ongoing which concerns the compatibility with EU public procurement rules of the pipeline in this country.