Journal of International Relations, European, Economic and Social Studies
MAP-8: Interconnection of power grid of Turkey
Map-8 shows the physical integration of the Turkish electricity market with that of the EU by 2010 as well as with its neighbouring countries. An agreement to interconnect the power grids of seven countries is already in place among Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Libya. Thus cooperation with Turkey may also be of interest in this area of energy. V - Conclusion Turkey is located in a geopolitically sensitive area. Its multiple identities, its young and dynamic population, its hard and soft powers are important assets that could be utilized for the benefit of peace and stability in the region. The energy routes that criss-cross Turkey are additional factors that enable it to contribute to the welfare of Europe. Turkey does not claim that its cooperation is indispensable in order for Western countries to take an initiative in the region. Neither is it necessary to cooperate with Turkey in order to establish any type of presence in the region. However, by cooperating with Turkey, the EU or the West in general may achieve its goals in the region with less financial resources, with less human resources, with less acrimony and with more efficiency.
Turkey on the European doorstep
A Publication based on the International Conference organised at the European Parliament/Brussels by Dr. ELENI THEOCHAROUS, Member of the Eu...