The European Union held a 14-hour marathon of meetings in Davos on Wednesday relating to the Energy Community, the transit of energy resources and energy security of Europe.
European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič met with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev where the two “Confirmed the strategic diversification role of the Southern Gas Corridor and our support for its timely completion,” Šefčovič tweeted after the meeting.
Šefčovič also met with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Georgia’s Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze.
Janelidze noted that they “comprehensively discussed” Georgia’s EU integration priorities, internal reforms related to the transit and protection of European energy resources.
In a tweet, Kvirikashvili thanked Šefčovič for the meeting and for taking time to discuss the Georgian government’s priorities, Tbilisi’s European integration and regional energy projects.
For his part, Šefčovič welcomed “Georgia’s drive to deepen our cooperation and to align its policies – including energy and climate – with the EU”.
In his most significant tête-à-tête of the day, Šefčovič met with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak to present the EU’s positions on key energy policy issues and highlighted the importance of the Ukrainian transit route, which stood at 94 billion cubic metres last year.
“We agreed to continue our discussions after the Stockholm arbitrage,” Šefčovič tweeted after the meeting.
Šefčovič said he also discussed “topical energy issues” with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, noting that 2017 “was a good year for the country’s energy reforms”.
The Commission Vice President also took time to deem the Davos World Economic Forum a key opportunity to showcase the EU’s leadership on clean mobility and batteries, as well as to support a global action, to support the adoption of global standards for green batteries.