EU officials in Tehran to explore energy co-op

Politics Materials 18 February 2016 13:14 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 18

By Fatih Karimov- Trend:

A European energy delegation arrived in Tehran to explore ways of expanding energy ties with Tehran following the removal of the international sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The delegation headed by Gerassimos Thomas, deputy director general at the European Commission's Energy Directorate is scheduled to hold meetings with Iranian officials from oil and energy ministry as well as the atomic energy organization, IRNA news agency reported Feb. 18.

Mutual cooperation in energy sector will be discussed in the meetings, according to the Iranian foreign ministry.

The two parties will set a cooperation roadmap in oil, gas, and renewable energies as well as increasing energy efficiency.

Earlier European Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias, commenting on the visit, said that the European Commission will undertake "technical assessment mission" in the field of energy.

Also, an EU official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that around 15 EU officials would go on the initial four-day technical visit and after that, high-level Commission staff, possibly with a business delegation, would travel to Iran.