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Bulgaria halts South Stream construction following EC request

The European Commission argued that Bulgaria had not complied with EU market rules in the construction contracts

Bulgaria has halted construction of its section of the South Stream pipeline following a request from the European Commission. Plamen Oresharski, Bulgaria's prime minister, said on 8 June: "I have ordered all work to be stopped. We will decide on further developments following consultations with Brussels." Bulgaria is heavily reliant on Russian gas and stands to benefit from the South Stream pipeline transiting onshore.  At the beginning of June, the commission began an infringement procedure against the Balkan nation, arguing Bulgaria had not complied with European Union (EU) market rules for awarding public contracts for construction of the pipeline. "The commission welcomes the announcem

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