Hungary, Bulgaria discuss energy cooperation

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Presidents János Áder of Hungary and Rosen Plevleniev of Bulgaria discussed linking electricity grids, diversifying gas imports, Bulgaria's accession to the Schengen zone and migration at talks in Sofia yesterday. 

At a joint press conference, Áder said that the two countries should jointly consider options during the institutional reforms of the European Union. The president added that he saw especially good chances for cooperation in agriculture. He noted that two-way trade is now over €1 bln annually.

Plevneliev underlined the importance of Visegrád Four partnership, and expressed the wish of Bulgaria joining the group. Speaking about the planned South Stream gas pipeline, Plevleniev said that there is a concensus in Bulgaria about the necessity of the pipeline. There are two criteria that should be met, however. One is that the project must be put in line with European standards and the other is that the investment should be recoverable, he said.

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