Press Release: EU and Japan step up energy cooperation on LNG

On Tuesday 11 July, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Japan’s Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko will sign a joint Memorandum of Cooperation on LiquefiedNatural Gas (LNG). As the EU and Japan taken together account for nearly 50% of overall global LNG consumption, reinforced cooperation between the EU and Japan will promote the liquidity, flexibility and transparency of the global LNG market. The signature takes place just days after leaders at the EU-Japan Summit in Brussels reached a political agreement on two landmark agreements, the Economic Partnership Agreement and the strategic partnership agreement (read IP/17/1927). Ahead of the signing, Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said: “International LNG markets are set for major change with substantial new liquefaction capacity coming on stream. LNG prices across the Atlantic and Pacific basin are converging and the LNG market moves towards higher liquidity and flexibility. For the EU, the current developments in the global LNG market offer an opportunity to let LNG play its full role in diversifying gas supplies to all member states and in enhancing the competitiveness in the internal gas market. Japan is the world’s largest LNG importer. Being natural allies in this regard, the EU and Japan both want to promote the liquidity, transparency and flexibility of the global LNG market. This will ensure competitive LNG supplies and make the international market more resilient and prepared to respond to emergencies.” The signing ceremony takes place on Tuesday 11 July at 15:00 CET in the Commission’s Berlaymont building and will be transmitted by Europe by Satellite (EbS). The signing ceremony is open to audiovisual media. For registration please contact Maria.GLOWACKA@ec.europa.eu. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

Source: European Commission

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