An international conference on 13 July 2017 in Batumi, Georgia, included a discussion of the implications of EU energy policy for Georgia, with a particular focus on security of supply. Panellists from the European institutions and national governments focused on Georgia's position as an energy transit country through which supplies of oil and gas are carried to the EU. They also addressed Georgia's recent accession to the Energy Community Treaty and considered how Georgia can increase its production of renewable energy.
As keynote speaker, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič emphasised the important role of Georgia in the development of the Southern Gas Corridor, which will bring gas from the Caspian Basin to the EU and facilitate European access to gas from Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. This project will enhance security of supply in Georgia and also diversify Europe's sources of gas imports, a key goal of the Energy Union strategy. Vice-President Šefčovič also welcomed Georgia's membership of the Energy Community as a key milestone in its implementation of the commitments made in its Association Agreement with the EU, which entered into force in July 2016.
You can now read Vice-President Šefčovič's speech here.