Ministers Peter Altmaier and Fatih Dönmez sign a Letter of Intent on cooperation in the field of energy

Ministers Peter Altmaier and Fatih Dönmez sign a Letter of Intent on cooperation in the field of energy

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Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, opened the second German-Turkish Energy Forum in Ankara today together with Fatih Dönmez, Turkey’s Energy Minister. The Forum is the central platform for the dialogue on energy policy between the governments and business communities of the two countries.

At the end of the session, the two ministers signed a Letter of Intent on future cooperation in the field of energy. A high-level steering group is to meet each year, and a regular dialogue is to take place, including the private sector, in the following four working groups: 1) Renewable energy, 2) Energy efficiency, 3) Infrastructure & sector coupling and 4) Regulation.

Federal Minister Altmaier said: “Minister Dönmez and I aim to expand the cooperation on energy policy between our two countries. Here, the focus is to be placed on the improvement of energy efficiency, the expansion of renewable energy and the modernisation of the energy infrastructure. Reduced dependency on imports, higher energy security and the creation of forward-looking jobs are crucial arguments in favour of an energy transition which results in a modern, sustainable energy system. I am glad that we will be pursuing this energy transition together.”

In the afternoon session of the conference, Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Alparslan Bayraktar, the Turkish Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy, are co-chairing a round with the German and Turkish heads of the working groups on the results of their meetings held on the eve of the Forum.