European Commission and Iraq sign Strategic Energy Declaration

26/05/2011

Günther Oettinger said: "I welcome the commitment taken today by the Government of Iraq to supply natural gas to Europe through the Southern Corridor. As gas imports will increase in future, we need new supplier countries and Iraq is naturally amongst them".

Günther Oettinger and the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Hussain al-Shahristani signed yesterday evening in Brussels a Joint Declaration on an enhanced strategic energy partnership and gas delivery for Europe. Iraq commits to supplying gas over the long term to the European Union, through the Southern Corridor, while the European Commission provides access to its market for them. This Joint Declaration is an important step in the diversification of Europe's energy supplies.

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