During the visit of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Israel, Greece’s Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz signed a Joint Declaration on Energy Cooperation on June 16 in Jerusalem, in the framework of advancing joint projects that boost the two countries’ energy security, Greece’s Environment and Energy Ministry said in a statement.

Hatzidakis and Steinitz also confirmed their countries’ strong support for the realisation of the EastMed pipeline, which is a viable and strategic project not only for Greece and Israel but also for the European Union, the ministry said, reminding that Israel has begun the process of ratifying the Greek-Cypriot-Israeli intergovernmental agreement signed on January 2, following Greece’s ratification on May 14.

The two ministers also stressed the importance of the electricity connection of the Greek island of Crete with Cyprus and Israel, which is a European Project of Common Interest (PCI), and is materialised from the EuroAsiaInterconnector, which submitted a request on May 27 for project funding from the EU Connecting Europe Facility, the statement read.

The agenda also included the strengthening of the tripartite collaboration between Greece, Cyprus and Israel within the 3+1 initiative, which includes the US. They also discussed cooperation within the East Med Gas Forum and making it a permanent energy organisation in the eastern Mediterranean.


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