EU asks Bulgaria to suspend South Stream

June 4, 2014

The European Union has asked Bulgaria to suspend work on the multinational South Stream pipeline project designed to allow Russia's gas deliveries to bypass Ukraine on their way to Europe, The Telegraph said on June 3.

The European Commission said the planned pipeline under the Black Sea may break EU rules.

"We sent [Bulgaria] a letter of formal notice - we formally asked for information and while discussions are taking place ... we also asked them to suspend the project," said European Commission spokesman Antoine Colombani.

The Commission says the project breaks EU rules that stop gas suppliers from also controlling access to supply networks. It also said that tendering for work on the project may not have been carried out in accordance with EU rules.

Copyright: The Telegraph, 2014