2018 - MISSION REPORT BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - 233 ESCTD 18 E

28 January 2019

Azerbaijan has emerged as a key strategic partner for Europe. The much-anticipated completion of the Southern Gas Corridor in 2020 will mark a major step in diversifying the energy supply base of southern Europe. That project will bring significant quantities of gas from Azerbaijan’s massive offshore Shah Deniz field to Turkey and Europe, helping the continent diversify its base of energy imports while reducing its dependence on Russian gas. The close economic and strategic partnership between Europe and Azerbaijan was a central theme of meetings NATO PA President Paolo Alli (Italy) and a delegation of the Economics and Security Committee held in Baku on 12-14 September 2018. [...]