Sign EastMed pipeline deal Mr Draghi!

Technocrat Italian PM Mario Draghi said what politicians could not: he called Erdogan a dictator. [EPA-EFE/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI]

Technocrat Italian PM Mario Draghi said what politicians could not: he called Erdogan a dictator. Strong words do not change policies, however.

Amid growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Nicosia, Athens and Tel Aviv signed the EastMed pipeline deal, which is considered a project of common interest of energy infrastructure in Europe.

It aims to transfer between 9 and 12 billion cubic metres of gas a year from offshore reserves between Israel and Cyprus to Greece, and then on to Italy and other south-eastern European countries.

The deal has irritated Ankara, which believes that the project aims to bypass Turkey and consequently has opposed it.

However, Rome has only offered its political support for the project but has not officially signed it. For months, Italy has been dragging its feet.

Question is, if Rome wants to send a clear message to Ankara, why doesn’t it sign the project? Big words should be accompanied by big actions, Mr Draghi. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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