Cristina Lobillo Borrero, Director of Energy Policy, Strategy and Coordination, European Commission (EC)
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for the excellent organisation of forum.
I think the event is excellently organised! I was able to visit the exhibition as well. I would like to note the excellent infrastructure of the pavilions, as well as the spectacular opening ceremony, where we had the honour to listen to the President of Azerbaijan.
For the EC, the ongoing forum is of great importance, because at present we want to diversify our energy sources, and Azerbaijan is one of the key partners in this matter.
We are very interested in expanding the Southern corridor. And the forum provides a good opportunity to discuss the listed tasks, however going beyond these issues. We cooperate with Azerbaijan in many important areas, including gas, electricity, energy efficiency, etc.
The forum has also become a convenient platform for industry professionals to meet, which is very important because the energy sector is now going through difficult times all over the world. In the current situation, we must move to more reliable energy supplies. I think this event is a good opportunity to discuss all extremely important topics.