On 28 January 22016, in Istanbul, the European Commission and Turkey held a high-level dialogue on the matter of energy. Discussions focused on integrating the Turkish energy market with the EU, energy efficiency and renewables, climate change and a follow-up on the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, gas markets and interconnections, the development of the Southern Gas Corridor, and the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) which is part of the Southern Gas Corridor – Turkey is a key transit country for these gas routes to the EU.
Talks also covered electricity markets and interconnections, nuclear safety, and regional cooperation and integration in the Energy Community and Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on energy.
The delegation from the European Commission was led by Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action; the Turkish Delegation was led by the Energy Minister, Mr.Berat Albayrak.
"Given its strategic location as a transit country in the region, Turkey is a key partner for Europe's energy security and diversification. With the launch of the High-Level Energy Dialogue, Turkey and the EU are injecting renewed political momentum to our energy cooperation. This will lead to concrete actions and projects to our mutual benefit," Arias Cañete said.
For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/news/eu-and-turkey-strengthen-energy-ties