Romanian and Serbian experts are seeking solutions to ensure the electricity production at the Iron Gates, so that there aren’t any excesses that could determine the accentuated decrease in the Danube water levels and that could lead to environment and navigation issues, Energy Minister Andrei Gerea announced on Wednesday.
He pointed out he met on Wednesday his counterpart from Serbia to discuss these problems, underscoring that there is no conflict between Romania and Serbia concerning the situation at the Iron Gates.
‘There is no conflict, under any circumstance there isn’t any conflict between Romania and Serbia. It is actually a misunderstanding between the two companies, Hidroelectrica and the counterparts of Serbia, related to a certain contract, a framework understanding made a few years ago. (…) I have also talked with the Energy Minister of Serbia to ensure a moratorium concerning the electricity production at the Iron Gates, namely not making excesses in this period, excesses that could lead to the accentuated decrease in the Danube water levels and that could become an environment and navigation issue, the experts of both sides going to discuss and solve this problem. We gave them a deadline, it will probably be agreed, between three and six months to conclude this matter,’ Andrei Gerea said.
Breaching the conventions between Romania and Serbia referring to the exploitation of the Danube waters has affected the flora and fauna in the river sector located in the area of the Iron Gates Natural Park, director of the protected area in question, engineer Marian Jiplea told Agerpres on Tuesday.