Don’t laugh at me, but I watched the Romanian Prime Minister’s press conference with the Bulgarian one. First of all, close cooperation with Bulgaria could be beneficial to both parties. Our neighbors have about the same level and about the same troubles. In addition, we have many difficult issues that we can only solve together. I watched the press conference of the two premieres and like an art show with two modest actors.
Ours, a bit soft, but calm and persevering, of the Bulgarians cautious and visibly insignificant. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Kiril Petcov, looked like a student who had just escaped from a dance floor with a twisted tie and tousled hair. Beyond the show, I was curious to what extent we are able to couple a collaboration with our neighbors, forced collaboration and the geopolitical context in the region.
The capture of Elena Udrea seems to have been the first proof that the connections work.
The stake seems to have been the commissioning of the gas pipeline that crosses Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. On this occasion, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said:
“Petkov has stated that he will not be technically successful until June 30. The test and verification period will follow and, most likely this fall, we will have gas on this interconnector. “
Plain as a pikestaff. Bulgarians will have gas!
However, our important problem with Bulgaria is transport. First of all, the Danube. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said:
We had two main objectives, we had a memorandum signed between Romania and Bulgaria regarding the construction of a second bridge between Giurgiu and Ruse, a bridge that can benefit from European funds and also the start of the Danube dredging project and enrollment in the European program. Fast Danube ”
The Bulgarians want to move to maintenance operations on their part of the Giurgiu-Ruse bridge and as a solution they have proposed the commissioning of an older Romanian-Bulgarian project, a ferry crossing. Prime Minister Ciuca also bit into the proposal to build a second bridge between Giurgiu and Ruse.
Do we or Bulgaria need it? As far as I know, the Bulgarians, all their exports crossing our country on wheels and crowding all the roads and highways in a damaging way. Moreover, on the same occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister would say:
“The Bulgarian side has proposed to look into the possibility of building more bridges, and we have agreed to set up a task force by the end of next week, which will include specialists from the Ministry of Transport and, as the discussions have evolved and we have agreed that they are common topics and in terms of energy, we have agreed that this task force should also include specialists from the Ministries of Energy in both countries. “
The number of bridges over the Danube facilitates Bulgaria’s connection with Europe. Of Romania, less!
Unfortunately, politicians and the Romanian press ignored Bulgaria’s policy towards the Danube. For years, the neighboring country has ignored the maintenance of the Danube waterway in its areas of responsibility, relying on road transport. The Danube began to lose its navigability and, implicitly, its interest and opportunities.
Unmaintained until it became dangerous, the Danube waterway (an important length between us and the Bulgarians) pushed carriers to use other routes. Without a navigable Danube, Romania loses a geographical and historical opportunity.
Unfortunately, the Danube issue, mentioned at the meeting of the two prime ministers, has so far been reduced to
starting the project for dredging the Danube and enrolling in the European Fast Danube program ”.
If we bite the proposal with more bridges and abandon or postpone the Danube dredging project too much, we will simply fall for fools!
Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.
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