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The 5th Euro-Mediterranean Energy Ministerial Conference, Limassol, 16-17th December 2007

Together with Ministers from the EU Member states and from the Mediterranean partner countries, European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs launched the new Euro-Mediterranean energy partnership, at the 5th Euro-Mediterranean Energy Ministerial Conference that took place in Limassol. Ministers and the Commissioner endorsed the Ministerial Declaration and its 2008-2013 Priority Action Plan for the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the field of energy that gives a new impetus to the EU external energy policy in the region.

Ministerial Declaration and Action Plan


Commissioner Piebalgs launches the new Euro-Mediterranean energy partnership
Press Release (IP/07/1945)
List of participants
  Slide presentations made at the conference:
The Integration of the Natural Gas Market in the Mashreq and connection to Europe
Palestinian Energy Sector

Reports on the State of play of the energy sector in the Mediterranean Partner Countries

Brief Overview of the Energy Sector in Mediterranean Partner Countries (Maghreb and Mashrek) – July 2007
2007-2010 Programme of Priority Actions for the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Partnership – July 2007
- Country reports:

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The European Union has been actively engaged with the Southern Mediterranean Partner countries, since the inception of the Barcelona Process, on an energy dialogue aimed at promoting regional energy integration, enhancing energy security and diversifying the sources and supply routes. The main instrument of cooperation has been the Euro-Med Energy Ministerial Conferences, of which three have taken place since 1998. Sub-regional energy dialogues and cooperation initiatives covering the Maghreb, Mashrek and Israel and the Palestinian Authority have been established.

 On 2 December 2003, in Rome, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and the European Commission (as « non-participant promoter ») signed a Protocol of Agreement for the progressive integration of the electricity markets of these three Maghreb countries (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) into the EU electricity internal market. The objective of the Commission, over the longer term, is the signature of a Euro-Maghreb Energy Community Treaty. It is also planned to include Libya and Mauritania into the Maghreb initiative, as well as to develop progressively the energy relations with the Sub-Saharan countries and the transit of the energy resources from this region into the EU.

 A Declaration of Intent on the Euro-Mashrek cooperation in the field of natural gas was equally signed on 2 December 2003 in Rome by Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey and the European Commission. This initiative is pursuing the creation of a Euro-Mashrek harmonised and integrated energy market through the development of sub-regional energy markets in the Mashrek region and their progressive integration into the Balkan and EU energy markets. A “Euro- Mashrek Gas Centre” in Damascus, financed by the EU and involving Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, started its activities in 2006.

Finally, the Commission is promoting enhanced energy co-operation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

  • Rome euro-Mediterranean Energy Platform

Establishment and statute of the Rome Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platform

  • Other links

Website of DG of External Relations on Euro-Mediterranean Partnership


last update: 11-02-2009