Mitsotakis Meets with Italian PM Conte, Delegations Sign Energy Policy MOU

Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, talks to journalists during a joint press conference with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, at Chigi Palace government's office, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ROME – Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held an extensive discussion on economic, commercial and energy policy collaborations with Italy, during a meeting with his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Conte in Rome on Tuesday.

According to sources, these synergies were discussed in the context of both countries’ geostrategic significance, which is thought to favor joint business ventures in the greater Balkan region, southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean.

On the migration crisis, the two prime ministers agreed on how there needs to be a common policy and coordination at EU level and condemned the use of the crisis as a political tool for self-serving interests.

They also agreed that the EU accession prospects of western Balkan countries must be sustained, and expressed support for their accession.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, right, talks with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis as they meet at Chigi Palace government’s office, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

During the visit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on energy policy collaboration was signed by the Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy in charge of Energy and Natural Resources, Gerassimos Thomas and Italy’s Minister of Economic Development Stefano Patuanelli.

The agreement emphasized how the two countries’ already close relations in the energy sector are reflected in the presence of natural gas operator Snam in Greece, which operates in Italy and through subsidiaries in Albania (AGSCo), Austria (TAG and GCA), France (Terega), Greece (DESFA) and the United Kingdom (Interconnector UK).

The close energy ties between Greece and Italy were also underlined in the agreement, through the ongoing collaboration on the high-voltage underwater electricity interconnection – which they said needs to be upgraded – as well as in their cooperation on the Transmission System Operators of Greece and Italy (ADMIE and Terna, respectively) towards establishing a regional energy control center for the region of southeastern Europe.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, left, and his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis review a honor guard as they meet at Chigi Palace government’s office, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, right, and with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis listen to national anthems as they meet at Chigi Palace government’s office, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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