site.btaPresidents Radev, Pendarovski Discuss Opportunities for More Active Partnership between Bulgaria and North Macedonia in Energy Sector
President Rumen Radev and his counterpart of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski discussed opportunities for more active partnership between the two countries in the energy sector, Radev's Press Secretariat reported. The two heads of state conferred here on Saturday after the ceremony for launching the commercial operation of the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector (IGB), which ensures true diversification of natural gas sources and transmission routes for Southeast Europe.
The possibility of Bulgaria increasing its electricity export to North Macedonia during the winter season was also discussed. Bulgaria is a main electricity exporter in the region and President Radev outlined the need to find a solution in accordance with the rules of the European energy market, national legislation and the interests of Bulgarian citizens and businesses. The topic was discussed earlier during the trilateral meeting between presidents Radev and Pendarovski and European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen, which focused on the perspectives for the EC rendering assistance to North Macedonia.
North Macedonia’s European perspective was also discussed during the meeting of the two presidents. Radev called on Skopje to make the envisaged constitutional changes more quickly, which can speed up the process of the country’s European integration.