France, Turkey to cooperate on electricity

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The Turkish and French electricity transmission companies have agreed to cooperate in integrating Turkey's power network into the European market, the French firm, RTE, said in a statement received here Friday.

Ankara - The Turkish and French electricity transmission companies have agreed to cooperate in integrating Turkey's power network into the European market, the French firm, RTE, said in a statement received here Friday.

Under the deal, RTE will help its Turkish counterpart TEIAS in handling the changes brought by deregulation in the European electricity sector, improving the security and quality of supply and power system management, it said.

"The creation of a Mediterranean ring, whilst improving the security of the electricity supply, will also be key to the construction of the Euro-Mediterranean electricity market," RTE chairman Dominique Maillard said.

Turkey's talks for European Union membership, which began in 2005, have progressed slowly, partly because of opposition to the mainly Muslim country's accession by some EU members, notably France.

The energy chapter remains closed in the talks due to a veto by Cyprus, involved in a long-running conflict with Ankara.

the deal, RTE will help its Turkish counterpart TEIAS in handling the changes brought by deregulation in the European electricity sector, improving the security and quality of supply and power system management, it said.

"The creation of a Mediterranean ring, whilst improving the security of the electricity supply, will also be key to the construction of the Euro-Mediterranean electricity market," RTE chairman Dominiq

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