Azerbaijan’s relations vis-à-vis Europe should concentrate on creating future perspectives and overcoming current challenges, the Azarbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Relations between Azerbaijan and the EU have reached deadlock, and Baku may lose interest in major energy projects, such as the TAP pipeline, and the Greek natural gas operator DESFA, diplomatic sources have informed EurActiv.
The Bulgarian government has proposed a package of energy cooperation projects to Azerbaijan. It remains unclear if the massive deal is part of a swap of property linked to a plan to divest 17% of Azerbaijan’s shares of Greek gas operator DEFSA to a third country.
During a visit to Tirana on 27-28 May, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said that Serbia would join a US-backed pipeline that would transport gas from Azerbaijan, while Minister of Energy Aleksandar Antić said that a gas interconnection with Bulgaria are priorities. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Bulgaria and Greece are hard nuts to crack when it comes to implementing EU energy legislation and integrating with the wider European energy market. These two countries illustrate the difficulties of building an Energy Union.
The Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP), representing the European section of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) which will bring gas from Azerbaijan, has obtained an extension of the validity period of the project’s exemption from third party access to its pipe.
The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will carry Azeri gas to European markets, and is seen as Europe's alternative to its reliance on Russia, is open to new shareholders, including Iran, a spokeswoman for the project said yesterday (8 April).
The Syriza-led government will be against an Energy Union that undermines Greece's national interests, including in its relations with Russia, said Greek energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, who also ruled out any privatisation schemes for the country’s energy sector.
Azerbaijan, which has acquired Greek gas transmission system operator DESFA, is wondering why the European Commission is taking so long to decide if the deal is compatible with EU law, Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Natig Aliyev told EurActiv.
A Commission official confirmed yesterday (5 March) that Gazprom can use the Trans-Adriatic pipeline (TAP) to move gas, if the Russian export monopoly builds the “Turkish Stream” pipeline and brings gas to Greece.
Hosting the President of Azerbaijan on an official visit to Bulgaria, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said his country wants to revive the Nabucco pipeline project. President Ilham Aliyev said that what really matters is to bring more Azeri gas to Europe, and that the name of the future pipeline is not important.
Azeribaijan's central bank devalued the manat on Saturday (21 February) by 33.5% to the dollar and by 30% to the euro, as slumping oil prices and an economic crisis in major trading partner Russia put pressure on the currency.
Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič attended the first founding meeting of the Advisory Council on the Southern Gas Corridor in Baku yesterday (11 February), a project to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe by 2019-2020.
Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said today (4 February) that the Russian plan for a pipeline named “Turkish Stream” was not viable. It also became clear that the Commission is organising a secretive ministerial meeting in Sofia on 9 February, to discuss alternatives to the supply of Russian gas to the region.
A visit by the president of Azerbaijan to Berlin on Wednesday (21 January) marks a milestone, and an obvious warming of his country's relations with Germany, against the background of the Ukraine crisis.
Following a statement by EU ministers who said they wanted Russia to clarify its intentions concerning the South Stream gas pipeline, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom confirmed yesterday (9 December) that the decision to abandon the project is final.
The European Commission warned Serbia on Wednesday that it must respect EU law 'if they make business in Europe', after a Gazprom official said that the construction of the Serbian stretch of the South Stream gas pipeline will start in October.
The construction of the Serbian stretch of the South Stream gas pipeline will start in October, the head of the Gazprom international projects department Alexander Siromyatin was quoted as saying by Serbian media.
Federica Mogherini, the Italian foreign minister appointed to become the next EU foreign affairs chief, said in the European Parliament today (2 September) that Russia was no longer the EU’s “strategic partner”, referring to the phrase which describes the relationship between the Union and its largest neighbour in hundreds of official documents.
A Russian newspaper has published an article suggesting that the Kremlin-favoured South Stream gas pipeline could drop Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia for its route, and instead reach its final destinations, Italy and Austria, through Turkey and Greece.