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Reshaping the Balkans: Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia meet

Leaders of Serbia, Greece, Romainia and Bulgaria 

The Prime Ministers of Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia held a joint press conference on Friday in the Snagov Palace in Romania, following their meeting where they discussed issues of economic collaboration that will lead to a belt of interconnections among their countries.

According to sources, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said during the conference that the belt would include northern Greece in the south; the linking of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania in the east; the linking of Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia in the north; and the linking of Greece and Serbia in the west, through the Republic of North Macedonia.

“We are the Balkans’ B4, the four Balkan countries that have the absolute desire to move forward in close cooperation for the benefit of co-development, cooperation, peace and prosperity for our peoples,” said Tsipras.

Tsipras also announced that Greece will host the 8th Quadrilateral Summit – of Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia – in the near future.

The Greek PM went on to say that significant infrastructure will accelerate the trade among the countries and boost exports beyond, but will also facilitate movement of the citizens of the four countries.

Such infrastructure includes telecommunications and high-speed roads that will also boost tourism, highlighting the idea of connected energy networks.

The Balkans is emerging as an energy hub that “redraws the energy map,” said Tsipras, and referred to important interconnection projects among the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas.

For his part, the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vuvic focused on energy issues and on the best way to connect natural gas networks as well as other energy resources. He also discussed infrastructure and in particular, highways that link Serbia with Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Greece.

Bulgaria’s president Boyko Borisov expressed the certainty that Greece and Bulgaria will sign a joint venture agreement for natural gas pipelines by June, in statements made at the joint press conference of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia outside of Bucharest.

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, hosting the 7th quadrilateral meeting among Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia outside Bucharest, stressed for his turn the importance of interconnectivity in the sector energy, adding her support to similar statements by the other leaders during a joint press conference.