The European Commission and the Czech Presidency of the EU hosted a Summit on 8th May 2009 in Prague with the participation of partner third countries on the development of the Southern Corridor for energy and transport.
The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mirek Topolánek met with the Heads of State from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and high level representatives from Egypt, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Iraq expressed its support to the Southern Corridor and its follow-up in a letter addressed to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso by the President of Iraq, Jalal Talabani.
The objective of the summit was to provide strong political support and concrete commitments for the development of the Southern Corridor, including the Trans-Caspian link. This included commitments by energy producer, transit and consumer countries along the Corridor aiming to facilitate the supply of energy resources from the Caspian region and Middle East to the EU.
The EU has recently embarked on an ambitious plan to enhance its energy security. Within this strategy, the Southern Corridor plays an important role as a major energy infrastructure initiative contributing to the diversification of energy sources and routes for the EU external energy supplies.
The summit was also attended by the representatives of the Russian Federation, United States and Ukraine as observers. Representatives of the international financial institutions (EIB, EBRD and World Bank) were also present.
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