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Energy Minister heard by the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy: Romania, to spare no effort in EU Council for advancement of discussions on gas directive

Romania will make efforts for the advancement of the gas directive file, a topic which has led to many divergences of opinion among member states, Anton Anton, the Romanian Energy Minister, stated on Wednesday within the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

“With regard to the natural gas directive, the Romanian Presidency is constructively working to negotiate this file. We want to establish a transparent European legal framework, taking into account the political will of our co-legislators. The Romanian Presidency has initiated technical talks in this regard, last week, on 15 January, in the Energy Working Group. This topic is politically very sensitive and maintains divergences of opinion among the member states. The Romanian Presidency understands that this file represents a priority for the European Parliament and will spare no effort in the council for its advancement,” the minister said.

Anton specified that Romania intends to take substantial steps in these discussions.

At the same time, according to the minister, the Romanian Presidency will propose a debate on the future energy system of the Energy Union, meant to ensure the energy transition and the achievement of the objectives regarding energy and climate change.

“We intend to adopt a set of conclusions on this issue at the Energy Council meeting in June. We will pay particular attention to the development of the energy infrastructure, of the storage solutions and of the innovative new technologies,” Anton said.

He also referred to the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, where consensual solutions are also needed.

“With regard to the decommissioning of the nuclear power plants, we continue the effort of the Austrian Presidency to find consensual solutions at the level of the working group. Decommissioning programs are one of the priorities of the Romanian Presidency for a safer Europe, strengthening nuclear safety and contributing to the security of European citizens and the environment, in the current context which poses challenges which the member states and other international actors have to face, the Presidency of Romania will adopt a set of conclusions of the Council on strengthening nuclear safety,” the minister said.

The March 4 ministerial meeting will address legislative issues and the June meeting will revolve around the adoption of conclusions on the future of the Union’s energy system.

“The meetings will provide the time to debate the long-term strategies for a clean planet, as well as the European Commission’s recommendations on integrated national energy and climate plans,” Anton said.

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