14 July, 2006
Greek Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas conveyed Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' wishes to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan in light of the inauguration Thursday of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.
Sioufas, who represented Greece at the event, had a meeting earlier Thursday with Erdogan. Present at the meeting was Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Mehmet Guler. Edogan requested to be informed on the progress made in building a natural gas pipeline linking Turkey, Greece and Italy which is expected to start operating in early 2007.
A high-voltage electricity network also linking Turkey and Greece is expected to operate in mid 2008.On the sidelines of the event, Sioufas also held talks with EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Italian Economic Development Minister Pierluigi Bersani focusing on Greece's international energy connections destined to change the energy and geopolitical landscape of the southeastern Meditarranean.
Source: Athens News Agency