PM Dancila discuss with EC’s Sefcovic on Romania’s preparation regarding EU Council Presidency, accessing EU Solidarity Fund
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila discussed on Monday at the Victoria Palace with Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic about Romania’s preparation for taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the priorities in the energy area, as well as about Romanian authorities accessing the EU Solidarity Fund.
According to a release of the Government, PM Dancila stated that Romania’s priorities at the Presidency of the EU Council focus on energy, research and innovation, devoting proper attention to the challenges at European level, as well as to traditional policies: the Cohesion Policy, the Common Agricultural Policy, the Energy Policy, including the research and innovation component.
“It’s important that during Romania’s mandate we obtain a political agreement regarding the Post-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework. Thus, we show that the European Union remains strong even after Brexit and that together we can set the foundations of a powerful, solidary and inclusive Europe,” Dancila stated.
Also attending the meeting was Deputy PM Viorel Stefan, who presented Romania’s objectives and priorities in the energy area, while underscoring that the diversification of natural gas supply sources and the exploitation of the Black Sea energy resources remain in the foreground.
“We reconfirm Romania’s commitment in respect to carrying out the BRUA project [the National Gas Transmission System on the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria corridor], whose works started last month. We will further have an open dialogue regarding this project and we won’t encourage the divergent approaches that were made public over the past days. Moreover, the bill on carrying out the offshore oil operations is a priority on Romania’s Parliament agenda, because we want a stimulating framework for investments in the area,” Viorel Stefan added.
In his turn, Vice-President of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic appreciated the Gov’t’s efforts for preparing to take over the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and remarked that during this mandate new regulations in the energy area will be introduced. Furthermore, Sefcovic pointed out the transition towards innovative funding and the possibility of funding the professional reorientation projects of the mining regions.
Moreover, the European official remarked Romania’s involvement in carrying out the BRUA project and the concern to capitalise on the energy resources of the Black Sea. In this context, he added that Romania can become a very important actor on the gas market.
Another topic tackled within the meeting was Romania’s accessing the EU Solidarity Fund, for supporting the people and communities affected by floods.
PM Dancila showed that the Executive will carry out an assessment of the flood damages that several areas in Romania have been confronted with during this period and will send to the European partners the application for accessing this support instrument, which will be complementary to the funds earmarked from the national budget.
“I hope we have the support of the Commission in order to be able to access as quickly as possible the EU Solidarity Fund. As a MEP I have proposed an amendment according to which some of the funding requested by a state be granted immediately after lodging the application, namely when there is a greater need for support. I haven’t been successful then. I hope that the procedures be revised and the support from the EU Solidarity Fund be granted as quickly as possible, in order to help the people affected by disasters as swiftly as possible,” Dancila mentioned.
Dragnea-Sefcovic meeting: EC Vice-President appreciated the recent developments at national level related to the liberalization of the natural gas market
The Clean Energy file and Romania’s role in promoting energy security at European level were the main topics discussed on Monday by Speaker of the Deputies Chamber Liviu Dragnea with Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic.
On this occasion, Liviu Dragnea underscored that the energy sector is a topic of interest for our country and that Romania will continue, while holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, to advance the common European Agenda in the energy field, with an emphasis on the development of the infrastructure in our region.
“We agree with our objectives in the energy field for 2030, but we also have to be realistic – the energy transition must take place gradually, with financial support being needed for several sources for the production of energy, and not just green energy, Also in terms of achievable objectives, considering that we have the best law package to establish the framework for the post-2020 period, it would be useful to focus on regional cooperation and increasing the inter-connecting potential, in order to bring Europe to the next level,” stated Liviu Dragnea, according to a press release of the Deputies’ Chamber.
The EC Vice-President appreciated the recent developments at national level related to the liberalization of the natural gas market, while insisting on how important it is to complete this process before Romania takes over the presidency of the Council of the EU, reads the same release.
Deputy PM Birchall discusses with Maros Sefcovic on consolidation of European project, energy security at EU level
Deputy Prime Minister for Implementation of Romania’s Strategic Partnerships Ana Birchall had a meeting on Monday with Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission, with the two officials having discussed the consolidation of the European project and energy security at EU level.
“I had a very good meeting today with Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission, European Commissioner for the Energy Union, where we discussed the strengthening of the European project, energy security at European level – a topic of interest for Romania, from the perspective of exercising the presidency of the Councilof the EU,” Ana Birchall wrote on Facebook.
At the same time, Birchall said she also discussed with Sefcovic about the energy projects under the Three Seas Initiative, which can contribute to ensuring energy security both in our region and at the EU level.
European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic attends energy conference in Bucharest
Vice President of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic attended on Monday the conference “Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU: Challenges and Opportunities for the Energy Sector”, organized by the Intact Media group.
Among the topics of the event were increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy use, reducing energy poverty and protection of the vulnerable consumer, energy accessibility, increasing interconnection and diversifying energy transport routes, maintaining a diversified energy mix: what role nuclear energy and coal have, decarbonisation of the energy sector – the path to a low-carbon emission world (economy, industry, society).
Also participating in the conference were Anton Anton – Energy Minister, Victor Negrescu – Minister Delegate for European Affairs and Dumitru Chirita – President of the National Energy Regulatory Authority.
EC Vice President in charge with Energy Union visits UPB campus
European Commissioner Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission in charge with the Energy Union is due to visit on Monday the campus of the University Politehnica of Bucharest upon the invitation of the university’s rector, Mihnea Costoiu.
According to a press release, the visit is part of a project titled “Transforming UPB into a Smart Campus” and will include, alongside the visitation of the university’s energy-efficient objectives and a Q&A session regarding the “Smart Micro Grid” pilot-system, present on campus.
The general theme of the visit to the UPB campus will be energy efficiency and will include, as objectives, the university’s Passive House (an experimental project with no energy consumption) and the co-generation thermal power plant – a strategic project of the university.
The Center for Advanced Research on New Materials, Products and Innovative Processes (CAMPUS) – a state-of-the-art research infrastructure, developed by the university on European funding.
“Energy efficiency is an important objective of our university, not just from the perspective of resource consumption but also as a message we are trying to convey to society regarding our impact. In the last decade, our efforts have been directed towards trying to use innovative technological or experimental solutions to improve the day to day lives of Romanians. The following stage will be to transform our campus in an energy smart hub. The project’s implementation is underway. In that sense, we appreciate the visit of European Commissioner Maros Sefcovic’s visit as confirmation of the efforts made by our university’s community,” rector Mihnea Costoiu stated as quoted in the release.