Special Envoy Hochstein Travels to Bratislava for Meeting of EU Energy Ministers and to Athens

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 13, 2016


On July 13th and 14th, Special Envoy Amos J. Hochstein will travel to Bratislava, Slovakia and Athens, Greece. In Bratislava, the Special Envoy will participate in an informal meeting for EU energy ministers being held in Bratislava, Slovakia. The agenda is expected to feature conversations on support for EU Energy security and trans-Atlantic cooperation on European energy diversification.

While in Athens, the Special Envoy will meet with Greek government and Energy officials to discuss developments on the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), recently inaugurated for construction and expected to be completed by 2020, and the broader Southern Gas Corridor project. When it is fully operational, the TAP will transport 10 billion cubic meters of gas every year to Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy and makes it the third link in the Southern Gas Corridor, which includes the South Caucasus and Trans-Anatolian Pipelines. He will also discuss critical gas interconnection projects, such as the proposed Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria, which, if constructed, would result in truly diversified gas flows in the region for the first time in the history of Southeastern Europe.

For further information, please contact Alexandra Z. Tenny at TennyAZ@state.gov (202) 736-7970, Visit us at 2009-2017.state.gov/e/enr.