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President Iohannis: Romania is supporting the establishment of an energy union

Romania is supporting the establishment of a European union of energy, President Klaus Iohannis said Thursday (26.03.2015) in Bucharest upon leaving for Brussels to take part in a the spring summit meeting of the European Council.

"Romania is supporting the establishment of a union of energy propped up by the five dimensions suggested by the European Commission — energy security, an internal energy market, energy efficiency, environmental protection as well as research, innovation and competitiveness in the area. By our reckonings the establishment of an energy union will bring important advantages to the member states. The priorities that should be kept in mind are the creation of a genuine internal energy market, improving efficiency in capitalising on indigenous energy resources, diversifying energy supply sources and routes as well as developing an infrastructure that allows better connection among the European Union member states," said Iohannis.

Part of the discussions around the European semester, said Iohannis, there will be an exchange of opinions on the state of the play and the economic prospects of the European Union.

"We will agree on integrated guidelines for economic policies and employment to finalise the first stage in the 2015 European semester. The latest developments in the negotiations over the conclusion of a trans-Atlantic trade and investment partnership between the EU and the US will also be analysed. Romania is a supporter of the successful completion of the negotiations as soon as possible," said Iohannis.

He added that as far as external relations are concerned, talks will focus on the Eastern Partnership meeting scheduled for this May in Riga.

"In our opinion, the incoming summit should be a milestone in the consolidation of the relationships between the EU and partners sates, particularly those that have advanced with getting closer to the European Union, and I mean here Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia. The situation in Ukraine will be tackled as well, with emphasis on how the Minsk II agreement is being implemented. In the same context, the relationship between the EU and the Russian Federation will also be looked into," said Iohannis.

President Klaus Iohannis participates in the spring meeting of the European Council in Brussels, on Thursday and Friday.

In Brussels, he will participate on Thursday in the European People's Party Summit and then in the European Council meeting with the European Parliament President, in the first working session of the Council and in the separate working dinner of the heads of state and government in the European Union member states.

The official retinue includes presidential advisers Leonard Orban, Cosmin Marinescu and Lazar Comanescu.

Source: Romanian media


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