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Euro-Mediterranean partnership in the energy sector

The European Commission, on the initiative of Mr. Christos Papoutsis, Commissioner responsible for energy policy, and Mr. Manuel Marin, Commissioner responsible for relations with Mediterranean countries, has adopted a communication aimed at setting up the basis for future par...

The European Commission, on the initiative of Mr. Christos Papoutsis, Commissioner responsible for energy policy, and Mr. Manuel Marin, Commissioner responsible for relations with Mediterranean countries, has adopted a communication aimed at setting up the basis for future partnerships between the European Union and Mediterranean countries in the energy sector. The communication, entitled "Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in the Energy Sector", puts forward a number of proposals, including: - Establishment of a Euro-Mediterranean Energy Forum for the joint management of energy cooperation through the creation of a framework for meetings and information exchanges between partners, and associated enterprises; - Commitment to begin consultations with the Mediterranean partners who are not members of the European Energy Charter, with a view to their possible participation as observers in the works of the Conference of the Charter; - Study of possible mechanisms to promote energy investments in the Mediterranean region; - Establishment of cooperation, with countries with Partnership Agreements, for the realization of trans-European energy networks' projects of common interest.

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