25 October, 2006
A two-day forum on electricity opened in Athens on Tuesday as part of the southeast European energy community's move to link networks and circulate know-how.
Launched in July 2006, the energy community is a process that aims to extend the European Union's internal energy market to the bloc's southeast.
"Building the energy community can make an enormous contribution to the region. Its implementation will mean the end of isolation for the countries there," Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas told the meeting.
"It will contribute to ensuring energy supplies for the region, and to increasing the strength of cooperation among the countries. It will improve the quality of life for those peoples, and help to strengthen peace, stability and economic growth in the wider region," the minister noted.
Taking part in the forum are representatives of the energy community's member states, regulatory authorities, electricity network management bodies, donor countries and the European Union.
Source: Athens News Agency