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Istanbul, 9 February 2012

EU-Turkey: Closer cooperation on energy brings mutual benefits

Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger met with Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz in Istanbul today to discuss intensified EU-Turkish cooperation in the energy sector.

In a constructive and positive meeting, both sides underlined the importance of opening the energy chapter, while agreeing that closer cooperation in areas such as market integration (both electricity and gas) including development of infrastructure and secure transport of gas, the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency, is mutually beneficial. Additionally, EU-Turkey energy relations can benefit from a regular dialogue on neighbouring energy markets.

A joint working group will now start to develop a roadmap by May 2012 to identify the concrete actions for intensified cooperation in agreed areas.

The closer cooperation on energy forms part of the comprehensive positive agenda, complementing and building on the accession process and not replacing it, to accompany reforms in Turkey and further strengthening cooperation and mutual engagement, to the benefit of Turkish and European citizens.

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