Cause and Effect in European Politics and Law

Southern Corridor is important for the EU

Adelina Marini, May 8, 2009

The development of the Southern corridor for transport and energy will be discussed today in Prague among the EU leaders and representatives from Central Asia, South Caucasus, Mashreq and Middle East. This is the first summit of its kind at which it is expected firm commitments to be made among consumers, producers and transiting countries. It is also expected the conditions necessary for the success of the Southern Corridor also to be negotiated.

The summit became possible after 4 years of preparations and negotiations. Among the participants are Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. There will also be representatives from Russia, the US and Ukraine but they will be only observers. The main aim is strong support to be given to the Corridor as well as concrete commitments to be made for the development of the Southern Corridor, including the Trans-Caspian interconnection.