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Parliamentary questions
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17 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ioannis Lagos
 Subject: Declaration of EEZ between Turkey and Libya has a direct impact on the construction of the EastMed Pipeline

Regarding the EastMed pipeline being projected jointly by Israel, Greece and Cyprus, Israeli officials have now caused consternation by asserting that they would be ‘open to the Turkish proposal for the construction of a gas pipeline through Turkey to Europe’. This would effectively make EastMed unsustainable, notwithstanding Israeli assurances that the pipeline in question would ‘under no circumstances replace the Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline (EastMed) being jointly planned by Israel, Greece and Cyprus’. In addition, the Israeli Ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs the previous week and instructed to inform Tel Aviv that the approval of Turkey was needed for the two thousand-kilometre EastMed pipeline, running from the gas reserves off the coast of Israel via Cyprus and Greece to Italy, since it would traverse the sea area off Antalya and, more specifically, the EEZ agreed by Turkey with Libya.

In view of this:

Can the Commission say what action it intends to take to defend the interests of Greece and Cyprus against these arbitrary Turkish claims?

Original language of question: EL
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