EU AFFAIRS: Merkel Confirms EU to Support Strategic Infrastructure Projects in Croatia and Region
On 15 July, an annual summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process Leaders’ Meeting was held in Dubrovnik. Hosted by Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, the summit brought together the presidents of all the former Yugoslav republics and Albania. German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the event as a guest of honour. European Commissioner (EC) for Energy Gunther Oettinger also participated. The participants discussed EU enlargement policy, youth employment, key infrastructure projects in the region and the energy sector.
Following the meeting, the Office of the Croatian President published the joint conclusions of the Brdo-Brijuni Process. Among the conclusions, the leaders underlined that key projects (i.e. the Adriatic Ionian Motorway and the Munich-Istanbul railway (via Ljubljana-Zagreb-Belgrade), Ionian Adriatic Pipeline (IAP)) should be discussed and agreed at the European level. Furthermore, they urged the forthcoming Commission to underpin the planning of strategic European transport and energy infrastructure to include Southeast European (SEE) countries as an integral part of European maps.
In view of diversifying the energy supply of natural gas and increasing energy security of the region, the state officials acknowledged the importance of the IAP/Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) projects and the South Stream in accordance with EU’s energy policy…