Bilateral will for energy connection between Romania and Ukraine

According to Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos during an energy conference held in Bucharest, and following Petro Porosenko's visit in Bucharest last week, Ukraine has a “strong will to continue the efforts for energy connection with the Romanian grid for gas, as well as electricity”, and that “both parties are looking for the resources to make it happen, also by stimulating the Romanian electrical companies to be a part of the project.”

In the context of European financing for projects like BRUA (energetic interconnection between western Europe and Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Austria), the PM suggested that the EU should also support and finance the interconnection between the states in the eastern partnership in order to develop the economic cooperation “so that these countries remain connected to Europe not only on a declaration level”, and hopes for Romania to become an “energetic hub.”

He also reminded of Romania's efforts to connect with the Republic of Moldova on this matter, and that Romania has an important geo-strategic position at the Black Sea, also holding important resources like gas and oil that allows it to become an exporter. 

Ciolos drew attention on the importance of grids and energy transportation pipes, as well as on the importance of regional cooperation with not only Ukraine, and Moldova, but also with countries like Kazakhstan, Tukmenistan, and Turkey, for the resources in the Caspic Sea.

by Mihaela Constantin

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