Energy Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean: What’s Next?
Minister Lakkotrypis calls for new pipeline network in the Eastern Mediterranean
On March 9, GMF's Washington Office hosted Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus, for a discussion on the outlook for energy developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The Minister outlined the current situation regarding the exploration and exploitation of natural gas resources in Cyprus and the broader region and the complexities and opportunities associated with it. He stressed that it would be beneficial for the countries in the region to develop a master plan for infrastructure development.
The Minister’s remarks were followed by an off the record discussion with Edward C. Chow (Center for Strategic and International Studies), Brenda Shaffer (Georgetown University), and Simon Henderson (Washington Institute for Near East Policy), chaired by Sir Michael Leigh (Senior Adviser, The German Marshall Fund of the United States). The panel discussed the impact of global and regional developments on the emergence of the Eastern Mediterranean as a gas producer and the interest of the United States and Europe in the region.
Sir Michael Leigh presented Minister Lakkotrypis with GMF’s Eastern Mediterranean Energy Project’s latest policy briefs: Gas Discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean: Implications for Regional Maritime Security by Eric V. Thompson and Sarah Vogler, and Lebanon: The Next Eastern Mediterranean Gas Producer? by Bassam Fattouh and Laura El-Katiri.
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