Cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries in the field of energy discussed in the Strategic group meeting

11 July 2013, Last updated at, 10:54 EEST
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July 10, Vilnius. Vice-minister of energy Aleksandras Spruogis has participated in the 5 th meeting of the Strategic Group for International Energy cooperation. The key topic in the meeting of the Strategic Group was the progress and perspectives of the cooperation of the European Union with the Eastern Partnership countries in the field of energy.

During the meeting Vice-minister stressed that strengthening of the EU’s energy policy external dimension is one of the main priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council in the energy field. Shared values and commitments between EU and the countries of Eastern Partnership should be formalized by mutual legally binding obligations. Two Eastern Partnership countries – Moldova and Ukraine – have already taken the most progressive step and acceded the Energy Community Treaty, Georgia has applied to become the member of this Community during this year.

Deputy Director of the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission, Fabrizio Barbaso, also participated in the meeting.

Strategic Group for International Energy cooperation was formed in order to ensure better coordination of the EU external policy issues. The group consists of the representatives form EU member states and EU institutions. The proposal to form this group was submitted with the European Commission’s Communication on security of energy supply and international cooperation on September 7, 2011. The first of the regular group meetings was held on April 24, 2012, the next 6th meeting will be held on November 14 in Brussels.
 

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