EU intends to talks with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on gas transport routes
Azerbaijan , Baku, July 26 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /
The European Unions intends to reach an agreement with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on the gas transportation routes, the Energy Department of the European Commission said.
The negotiations on this matter are scheduled to start in September, 2011.
"The European Commission needs a mandate to negotiate on the highly officially format with Azerbaijan or with other EU country," Marlene Holzner , a representative of EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, told Trend in a telephone conversation from Brussels. "It was decided to give the EU commission the mandate that they can hold such negotiations, which can last for months, in the future."
The content is not clear yet, because the talks have not started, she said.
"The aim is to have a chance for an agreement among Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan and EU concerning gas supplies and how to get it from Turkmenistan via Azerbaijan to the European Union," Holzner said.
She said the sides will be able to begin these negotiations only in September, whose outcome is yet unknown.
Europe is interested in cooperating with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in gas sphere, in particular in the framework of the Southern Gas Corridor.
The Southern Corridor is a priority EU energy project which will diversify energy supply routes and sources, and increase EU energy security. The Southern Corridor includes the Nabucco gas pipeline, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), White Stream, and ITGI (Turkey-Greece-Italy pipeline).