Energy is a topic of key interest in EU-Turkey relations. Turkey's further development as an energy bridge and potential energy hub will benefit both Turkey and the EU. In view of their geographic proximity, a further market integration would be in the interest of both sides. Turkey and the EU furthermore have many challenges in common in their endeavours to secure sustainable energy supplies and to ensure competitive energy markets.
On 14 June 2012, European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz in Stuttgart to discuss enhanced energy relations with Turkey, in the framework of the positive agenda for Turkey.