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Debate on Turkish drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean 

MEPs will discuss the latest developments on the exploitation of hydrocarbon resources in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone on Wednesday afternoon.

Tensions are rising among Eastern Mediterranean countries over Turkey’s offshore drilling activities in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

The Republic of Cyprus authorities have already awarded hydrocarbon exploration rights to Italian and French companies there, but Turkey is challenging Cyprus’ rights and executing drilling activities in the area, claiming they are taking place inside its continental shelf. Turkey does not recognise the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea that prescribes rights to Cyprus in its exclusive economic zone.

Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Debate: Wednesday, 13 November