Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili discussed developments concerning international energy agreements for natural gas pipelines with the Special Envoy of the U.S. Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar, who visited her in Athens on Friday with U.S. Ambassador in Greece Daniel Smith.
A press release said that Morningstar had confirmed the "special interest of the United States in the issue of energy security in Europe and the prominent role played by Greece".
During the meeting, Birbili stressed the importance of the Turkey-Greece-Italy (ITGI) pipeline for the supply of energy to the region of southeastern Europe. She also underlined regional aspects of this pipeline, apart from transporting gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe, with the construction of the Greek-Bulgarian pipeline.
They further discussed forecasts that the contribution of natural gas to international energy balances will increase after the accident in Japan and the impact this had on the prospects of nuclear power. Birbili also briefed Morningstar on the implementation of Community regulations for deregulating the Greek power and natural gas markets, in accordance with EU directives.