“Friends of Europe” on Turkey and secure EU energy supply.

WITH PLEASURE  WE  BRING THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT WHICH WE RECEIVED FROM “FRIENDS OF EUROPE” (http://www.friendsofeurope.org/)    TO YOUR ATTENTION

But see also further below a comment we sent to the organizers.

SECURING THE EU ENERGY SUPPLY ; TURKEY AND COUNTRIES OF THE CASPIAN REGION AS KEY PLAYERS”

= A CAFÉ CROSSFIRE EVENING DEBATE =

Wednesday, 2 February 2011 – Cercle Royal Gaulois – Brussels

UNDER DISCUSSION:

Diversification of energy sources and supply routes is the key answer of the European Union to meet the challenge of Europe’s growing energy demand. Against this background security of supply issues are an important element of the EU’s neighbourhood policy.

Can the Enlargement Process and the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy have a positive impact in Europe’s future energy policy? How does Turkey see its role as a key country for Europe’s energy needs? How can the EU ensure that enough Caspian gas will be available in the years ahead? How can Europe and its energy industry reinforce the energy relations between Europe, Turkey and the Caspian Region?

SPEAKERS include:

Stefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
Taner Yildiz*, Turkish Minister of Energy
Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer, CEO of OMV Group, Nabucco Shareholder and a leading energy company in Central and South Eastern Europe

REGISTRATION: For your convenience, please use the ONLINE REGISTRATION to go straight to a pre-filled registration form. You will receive a confirmation of your registration prior to the event. In the meantine, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Kind regards,

The Friends of Europe team

And here is the COMMENT we sent to the organizers:

Dear Friends of Europe
Your evening debate for the 2nd of February has a great topic, on which further discussion is indeed of high importance.
We noticed the way how you presented the options :   Can the Enlargement Process and the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy have a positive impact in Europe’s future energy policy?

TURKEY’S ROLE SHOULD NOT BE LINKED TO ITS STATUS AS A CANDIDATE FOR ACCESSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. THE DISCUSSION MUST BE CONTAINED  IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY.
GETTING THE OIL FROM THE CASPIAN REGION CAN NEVER BE A DECISIVE ARGUMENT FOR LETTING TURKEY INTO THE EUROPEAN UNION.

Anton Smitsendonk

Gerard Hannezo            –       Paris  7 january 2011

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That is what we sent to the organizers. To our readers we say:

take an interest in this and other events of  “Friends of Europe”. They do good work. But it  is important that they hear that our energy security will never be bought with our acquiescence in Turkey’s offensive to get EU membership. Other solutions are available for Europe’s energy security, even with a Turkey non-member of the EU. Yet more solutions are thinkable, perhaps more costly, but never as costly as Turkey’s membership in the EU would prove to be.

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About dutasia

Former Ambassador of the Netherlands, presently National Commissioner for Thailand and for Indonesia in the ICC, the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Business Organization. Chairman of China Carbon Forum in Beijing, China.
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