site.btaUPDATED MPs Establish Ad Hoc Committee on Bulgargaz-BOTAS Deal
The Members of Parliament discussed the establishment of an ad hoc committee on the agreement between Bulgarian gas supplier Bulgargaz and Turkish energy company BOTAS, signed on January 3. The proposal made by BSP for Bulgaria was then passed with 171 votes in favour, 34 against and two abstentions.
The ad hoc committee will be set up for a period of two months, during which it will clarify and analyse the terms of the agreement and its effect, direct and indirect, on Bulgaria's energy system, as well as the contracts concluded for gas supply in Bulgaria over the last year. BSP proposes that the committee should have 12 members, two MPs from each parliamentary group.
The reasoning states that there are doubts about the benefits of the agreement and, instead of these being answered and dispelled, a series of now specific and detailed questions and concerns have followed the signing of the document.
The committee, comprised of 12 MPs and chaired by Zhecho Stankov MP of GERB-UDF, will have to establish whether this deal imposes heavy energy dependence on Turkiye.