Tue, May 21 2013
Regional Development Minister Assen Gagauzov, Macedonian economy minister Vera Rafajlovska and Albanian economy minister Genc Ruli signed on January 31 an agreement for the construction of a Balkan oil pipeline.
Gagauzov said that the pipeline construction would aid regional development and the development of European transport corridor VIII.
The pipeline from the Bulgarian coastal city of Bourgas to Albania's Vlora was also going to boost productivity and activity in the two cities, Gagauzov said as quoted by Focus news agency.
Gagauzov said that the project was going to increase the importance of the region for European energy policies.
The region through which the pipeline would pass would have guaranteed peace, stability and economic development, said Gagauzov.
Rafajlovska said all parties involved wished the fast conclusion of the project. Ruli said that Albania has always supported common energy projects.
The length of the pipeline is 912km. The annual transit of crude petroleum is expected to reach 35 million tons. Investment in the project totals $1.2 billion.
The option to postpone the due date was contingent on securing 55 million euro for immediate repayment of the amounts loaned by Belgium's Dexia and Japanese bank Mizuho.
The Eurostat data agency said that unemployment reached 10.9 per cent in March, up from 10.8 per cent in February. The March figure translates to 17.4 million people unemployed in the euro zone.
Citing three separate sources familiar with the deal, Capital Daily reports that the creditors found offers submitted by three bidders unsatisfactory.
Eurobank EFG is left with a 30 per cent stake in the merged entity but has said it will exercise its put option on the remaining holding.
The narrow focus of many euro zone countries on fiscal austerity is deepening the jobs crisis and could even lead to another recession in Europe, said the Director of the ILO Institute for International Labour Studies and lead author of the report, Raymond Torres.