Turkey is a candidate for EU membership and, given that it is a major energy importing country, energy dialogue with Turkey is particularly important. It is also a potential transit country for natural gas to flow from the Caucasus and Central Asia into the EU.
The EU cooperates with Turkey to enable the integration of the Turkish gas and electricity markets into its internal energy market.
The last ministerial meeting under the EU-Turkey High Level Energy Dialogue took place in January 2016.
Turkey is also an observer in the Energy Community.