EU/Africa/Middle East Energy Conference: participation of Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Andris Piebalgs

Type: Report   Reference: I-055479   Duration: 10:29:48  Lieu:
End production: 01/11/2007   First transmission: 01/11/2007
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, travelled to Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Egypt between 28 and 31 October 2007. On 1 November, she co-hosted with Aboul Gheit, Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the first ever EU/Africa/Middle East Energy Conference in Sharm el Sheikh. Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, was also present at the Conference.

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10:25:49 Title 00:00:04
10:25:54 Exterior view of the International Congress Centre of Sharm El Sheikh 00:00:02
10:25:56 General view outside the Congress Centre (3 shots) 00:00:19
10:26:15 General view of the Conference (2 shots) 00:00:09
10:26:24 Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH) saying that energy is today a fundamental and strategic element of sustainable economic growth and that is the prosperity of the future generation; this is an important moment for the three regions to gather together and discuss the common challenges they face and what they want to do: enhancing energy security, ensuring sustainable energy productions and productivity and use, improving access to energy services worldwide and developing also greater inernational cooperation 00:00:38
10:27:02 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:27:07 Sameh Fahmi, Egyptian Minister for Petroleum, (in ENGLISh) saying that Egypt is completely aware of the current situation in the energy arena worldwide and is committed to support the international community in this regard; Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt, delivered that week an important speech in this regard, stressing that energy security is a cornerstone for national security both for Egypt and worldwide; in his speech, he viewed a strategic vision for Egypt's energy future and its relation to the world energy's recent and ancient situation 00:00:32
10:27:39 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:27:42 Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a challenge; there can't be sustainable growth when 1.5 or 2 million people have no energy supply; they should deal with it and this is part of the EU responses towards this global challenge 00:00:14
10:27:56 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:28:02 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that it is the first ever conference we the EU has had with the South on the questions of energy and energy security and that is highly important 00:00:10
10:28:12 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:28:16 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that there is the Arab pipeline and the connection with existing European pipelines and also newly to be built pipelines or pipelines under construction, like the Nabucco pipeline from Egypt over Jordan, Syria, maybe with a branch also from Irak via Turkey to the European Union; that is concrete, that is important because the Europeans are the big consumers, 1.5 billion people, and they are the big suppliers; 50 percent of the gas supply is coming from this region so it is a very good contribution to the diversification of the EU's energy supplies and of mutual interest 00:00:50
10:29:06 Cutaway 00:00:02
10:29:08 General view of the press conference 00:00:07
10:29:15 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that for the moment their Palestinian colleague has only made a presentation where he said that there is possibility for such a solar, say peace initiative, that has been very strongly supported by Israel; this is fantastic, this is a good outlook also maybe a good pospect, she hopes, for the conference in Annapolis; therefore it is too early to say more but she thinks that the initiative as such is a very very positive one 00:00:33
10:29:48 General view of Sharm El Sheikh 00:00:05
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