European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič hailed the recent ratification by the Georgian Parliament of the accession protocol to the Energy Community, noting that for the EU and Georgia the timely implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor is important for EU and regional energy security.
“The EU-Georgia Association Agreement entails Georgia’s alignment to key EU energy legislation,” Šefčovič said, ahead of an official visit to Georgia from July 12-13. “In this regard, I welcome the recent ratification by the Georgian Parliament of the accession protocol to the Energy Community. This represents a major milestone for a proper and timely implementation of the commitments made under the Association Agreement and I encourage efforts to ensure a comprehensive implementation of commitments. Furthermore, Georgia has a key transit role to play in the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor. For the EU and Georgia the timely implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor is important as well as its extension over time to additional supply countries,” Šefčovič said.
The European Commission Vice President was due to meet Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze for bilateral meetings.
Šefčovič is also expected to attend this year’s Batumi International Conference “Ensuring Regional Stability” where he is expected to deliver a key note on energy security in the opening session in the presence of the President, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Parliament. The conference is organised by the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration since 2007 and represents an important venue for high level officials to discuss issues related to politics, security, economic developments in the EU and its neighbourhood. This year the Conference will focus on the European Agenda, particularly on energy security and diversification of energy markets.