Four Balkan countries sign statement in support of IAP gas pipeline

Four Balkan countries sign statement in support of IAP gas pipeline

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Energy of Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia signed on Friday in Budva (Montenegro)a joint statement in support of the Ionian-Adriatic gas pipeline. The declaration supports implementation as soon as possible of the plans on construction of Ionian-Adriatic gas pipeline (IAP).
Representatives of four countries agree to establish a permanent operational unit responsible for coordination of the future actions. This unit is charged with devising a draft plan on joint actions with view to implementing this project.
During the roundtable the ministers of four countries stressed that they strongly support the energy policies of EU on diversification of resources, directions and gas suppliers of Europe.
They also expressed their full support together with other partners for construction of TAP gas pipeline which carries gas from Azerbaijan to Southern Europe and other countries.
The ministers also take into account the fact that IAP project is also part of Southern Gas Corridor. They stressed the importance of sustainable and diversified gas resources for the Western Balkans, Southern and Central Europe.
The declaration says that IAP project can be qualified as a priority in the list of EU priorities, while at present it is a prioritized project for the Community of Energy.
At this meeting Albania was represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Ditmir Bushati and Minister of Energy and Industry Damian Gjiknuri.
The parties agreed that the next meeting of foreign and energy ministers will be held in Tirana.