15 May, 2007
Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas is participating in the International Energy Organisation's (IEO) ministerial session taking place here on Monday and Tuesday. The minister is being accompanied by the ministry's secretary general Nikos Stefanou.
The ministerial session takes place every two years on the main issues of security for energy supply (mainly in oil) of IEO member-states, the harmonisation of energy policies and energy performance.
This year's session will also place emphasis on issues concerning environmental protection, climatic changes and reforms in international markets.
Addressing the session, the Greek minister referred to initiatives taken by Greece in the energy sector, with the oil and natural gas pipelines, with the electric network links with neighbouring countries and with the policy on saving energy that has been adopted since 2005.
Speaking to reporters, Sioufas said that "this year's session coincides with the heightening of concern over the issue of energy security on a short-term and long-term basis and energy performance, as well as the promotion of modern technologies, while saving energy is a peak issue at international level."
Sioufas met on the sidelines of the conference, Sioufas met with U.S. Energy Secretary Sam bodman and Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Mehmet Ali Guler.
Source: Macedonian Press Agency