For Romania to become an energy hub, a partnership with Turkey as well as other countries like Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan is important, Romania’s Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Tuesday.
“Regional cooperation is important, particularly under the aegis of the European neighborhood policy that will go beyond Ukraine and Moldova. For Romania to become an energy hub, its partnership with Turkey is important as well as its partnerships with countries such as Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, so that the current resources in the Caspian Sea may find connection with South-Eastern Europe,” Ciolos told a conference on food security and energy at the Romanian Banking Institute in Bucharest.
He also warned about the need for the EU member states to continue their efforts to that end.
“From this point of view, the EU member states in this region should continue their efforts to continue to find or strengthen political will at a European level for this part of Europe to get connected to the energy market for gas and electricity alike,” said Ciolos, according to Agerpres.
“Romania has gas and electricity potential, but we must consider green energy, too”
Romania has production potential both for gas and electricity, but the European perspective which focuses increasingly more on green energy, renewable energy, zero carbon emissions energy must also be taken into account, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos told the Tuesday conference on food security and energy organised at the Romanian Banking Institute of Bucharest.
According to Ciolos, the energy strategy is nearing completion at the relevant ministry, and will be adopted after a wide and comprehensive public debate.
“Romania has production potential both for gas and electricity. From this point of view, the energy strategy which is being worked out with the Energy Ministry and which we plant to adopt after a wide and comprehensive public debate – seeking that it is assumed nationwide, and not only by one ministry or a particular government – this strategy is important because it will be in a certain way our identity document in all discussions on a European and regional level, in respect to Romania’s position in building and strengthening the European energy market and the partnerships with the Black Sea neighboring countries,” the Prime Minister said.
He pointed out that Romania must also think beyond the natural resources, namely about green energy.
“We want to make of this strategy a proof that Romania thinks beyond the natural resources it can exploit now, I am referring to gas, oil, but we can also think in the European perspective which focuses increasingly more on green energy, renewable energy, zero carbon emissions energy. I believe that in order to be able to count on the energy market on the long term and to be able to develop the economy sector based on energy resources at affordable prices it is important to approach the green energy topic as soon as possible and integrate these things so that we don’t prevent industry from developing. A part of Romania’s industry is high energy consuming, and for this we must think in the short-term perspective, but in the long term we must be able to make this transition without additional costs to our economy,” Dacian Ciolos pointed out.