January 22, 2023 | 2 weeks ago

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Algeria this Sunday

The President of Italy’s Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni, will visit Algeria for two days starting tomorrow (Sunday), according to media reports.

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Italy is trying to strengthen its energy security and seek alternatives to Russian supplies after Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.

Algeria is an increasingly important source of gas for the third largest economy in the European Union. The Prime Minister will visit Algiers on Sunday and Monday.

Italy will have enough gas to go through the winter of 2023-24 without interruption if it can increase imports from Algeria, said Claudio Descalzi, Managing Director of Eni SpA, according to the same source.

He previously said that Algeria would supply 38% of Italy’s gas needs this year, as much as Russia did before shutting off flows to Europe in retaliation for war sanctions. Prior to the invasion, Algeria was Europe’s largest gas supplier after Russia and Norway.

It sends both liquefied natural gas and channeled flows to the continent. Meloni’s predecessor, Mario Draghi, worked last year to improve relations with Algeria and other African energy producers such as Egypt.

He visited Algiers twice and signed an agreement under which the Algerian government said it would increase gas exports to Italy by 50%.

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