VIENNA, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger, of Germany met with Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammad Barkindo.
During their talks, held at the OPEC headquarters here on Friday, both sides welcomed the opportunity to discuss global oil and energy issues and to share opinions from both the producer and consumer viewpoints.
They stressed ongoing strong support for the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue that began in 2005, according to a joint EU-OPEC statement released at the end of the talks.
The OPEC Secretariat provided presentations on recent oil market developments, the historic ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ between 24 OPEC and non-OPEC producing nations and the future role of oil in the energy mix.
Barkindo said: “We actively look to engage with all stakeholders, including today with the Commissioner and dignitaries from a major EU consuming country.” “It is important to appreciate the different perspectives we all have in order to help better understand what is at stake as decisions are made and policies are put in place to evolve the future global energy mix in the decades ahead,” he added.
During his visit to OPEC, Oettinger, the former European Commissioner for Energy was accompanied by a high-level German delegation.
Source: Kuwait News Agency