The statement of Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy giant Eni, regarding the EastMed pipeline project became the agenda of the Greek public.
Emphasizing that the project “could not be realized without Turkey”, Descalzi said that without the participation of Turkey, the planning and construction of the project was impossible.
He drew attention to the importance of the ‘maritime authorization agreement’ signed between Turkey and Libya in 2019.
The deal that changed the balance
Descalzi pointed out that with the agreement, the balances in the Eastern Mediterranean have changed and “We cannot imagine that Israel, Cyprus and Greece can reach an agreement without the participation of Turkey.” said.
Greece took the EastMed step after Turkey’s maritime authorization agreement with Libya, which changed all plans in the Eastern Mediterranean.
With the agreement signed on January 2, 2020; Together with the Greek Cypriot Administration and Israel, it was aimed to transport the gas in the Eastern Mediterranean via Southern Cyprus and Crete to Greece and then to Italy.
The USA initially supported the project, but later withdrew its support as it did not find the project economical and viable.