Israeli-Palestinian energy deal signed

03 December 2003
Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) on 2 December signed a plan outlining future energy sharing between the two authorities. The Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Joseph Paritzky, and the Palestinian Minister of Energy & Natural Resources, Azzam Shawwa, signed the plan in Rome, which has been drafted with support of the EU. The plan outlines measures that will lead to the building of a joint electric generation plant, development of an electric interconnection between Gaza and Netivot, a gas interconnection between Ashkelon and Gaza, definition of a joint framework for exchange and trade in electricity, development of co-operation on renewable energy and the setting-up of a common platform for the follow-up of Israeli-Palestinian energy co-operation.

'As for European countries after World War II, the energy dialogue must contribute to reconciliation and co-operation, in order to overcome the oppositions and conflicts, and take commitments for more interdependence and solidarity' said European Council vice-president in charge of energy and transport, Loyola de Palacio. 'In this respect, the joint declaration between Israel and PA is significant and represents for all parties a real message of hope'.

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