Commissioner Šefčovič in Batumi: Georgia is a key partner for the European energy sector

17-07-2017
Commissioner Šefčovič
European Union

The Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, took part in the 14th Batumi international conference “Georgia’s European Way” in Georgia on 13 July. The country’s top officials, including President Giorgi Margvelashvili, and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, attended the event.

Commissioner Šefčovič praised the country for its commitment to building stronger relations with the EU, both economically and politically. He also congratulated Georgia for having officially become an Energy Community Contracting Party on 1 July 2017.

Georgia is a key partner for the European energy sector,” Commissioner Šefčovič said. “Its role in the transit of Caspian hydrocarbon resources to European markets, notably via the Southern Gas Corridor – a priority project of the Energy Union – is of the outmost importance. Its realisation and its possible future extension will provide significant mutual benefits.”

According to Šefčovič, the accession of Georgia to the Energy Community is a “major achievement and another signal of Georgia choosing the European path”.

“In this context, the EU will continue supporting Georgia in the implementation of energy market reforms that will attract investments, enhance competition and improve both the sustainability and security of the energy sector,” he concluded.

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