site.btaHead of DG Energy at Sofia Forum: Energy Has Been Weaponized and Solidarity Is the Best Response
Addressing an ongoing Sofia regional ministerial round table on energy security Thursday, the head of the EC Directorate-General for Energy with the European Commission, Ditte Juul Jorgensen, said that energy has been weaponized and the best response to that is solidarity.
Participating in the Sofia forum are Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, Finance Minister Assen Vassilev and Energy Minister Alexander Nikolov, as well as Greek Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Mining and Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic, Macedonian Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi, Azerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar, and Romanian Energy Minister Virgil Daniel Popescu.
Ditte Juul Jorgensen believes that the decision of Russia to suspend gas supplies to Bulgaria is an attempt to split up the EU, and the Union should respond with solidarity and firm action. It is the only way to address the challenges with supplies and the longer-term challenges of the energy transition, she added.
She said that the question about the gas in storage must be addressed before this coming winter.
She added that the EC experts are ready to propose solutions for regional energy security. For that purpose, a special group has been set up.