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Parliamentary questions
19 January 2012
E-000346/2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Nikolaos Salavrakos (EFD)

 Subject: Delimitation of the Egyptian EEZ with Greece and the Republic of Cyprus
 Answer(s) 

According to the International Law of the Sea, Egypt shares no maritime boundaries with Turkey and therefore there does not need to negotiate its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with the latter. On the contrary, Egypt shares its northern maritime boundaries with the EU.

Nevertheless, the Egyptian Government is seeking to negotiate the delimitation of the EEZ with Turkey. It appears that Muslim organisations are pressuring the Egyptian Government to present a set of faits accomplis so as to prevent non-Muslims from exploiting the hydrocarbons and natural gas reserves in the area.

In view of this:

1. Does the Commission intend to raise the issue of the Egyptian EEZ delimitation with Greece and the Republic of Cyprus and insist on compliance with international practice?
2. What action does she intend to take to ensure that areas of jurisdiction in the Mediterranean Sea are established, in accordance with the International Law?

Original language of question: ELOJ C 73 E, 13/03/2013
Last updated: 20 January 2012Legal notice