On May 3, the Secretary General met with the Romanian Coordination team in charge of preparing the 2018 Chairmanship. The team included, among others: State Secretaries of the Ministry of Energy, R. Tudorache and A. Maioreanu; the Vice-Chair of the Energy Charter Conference and Special Representative for Energy Security from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Amb. Mihnea Constantinescu; Director General, Energy and environmental division, ministry of Energy, E. Popescu; and the Director of International Cooperation from the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority, L. Caracasian. The parties discussed various issues related to the Chairmanship of Romania, including its priorities as well as joint activities and events. Secretary General also met with the Minister of Energy, Mr. Petcu, who expressed Romania’s full support and commitment to its 2018 Chairmanship. He also offer to organize an event in Romania in 2017 to raise awareness on the ECT and confirmed once again the readiness of the government to discuss with foreign investors in case of potential conflicts in order to find amicable solutions whenever possible.
Secretary General Dr Rusnák also had fruitful discussions with the Chairman and the Director of International Relations of Transgaz, I. Sterian and C. Alic, who expressed full interest in the transit and investment promotion activities being carried out by the International Energy Charter. They discussed also about the evolution of BRUA (Bulgaria–Romania–Hungary–Austria) gas interconnector and the relevance for EU energy security of several new energy projects. In addition, Secretary General presented the activities of the International Energy Charter to the main energy stakeholders (including think tanks, energy industry associations and main companies), who mainly focused on the legal services, potential modernisation and investment promotion activities.
The Secretary of State, MoFA, V. Micula, and Director of Economic Diplomacy, O. Malureanu, were interested in the expansion activities of the International Energy Charter, as well as on the new project on energy diplomacy. The Chairman of the Commission for Industry and Services in the Chamber of Deputies, I. Iancu, focused on ongoing implementation of the new EU package and the need to adequately develop the correct secondary legislation taking into account the particularities and needs of Romania, with the support of the Energy Charter Secretariat. He also offered to provide support for a potential forum next year in Bucharest and to get involved in the discussions for the priorities of the 2018 Chairmanship.
Finally, Secretary General Rusnák met with Secretary of State, Ministry of Finance, A. György, who is in charge of coordinating the disputes of foreign investors against the government. A fruitful debate followed about the good offices and other amicable mechanisms offered by the Energy Charter Conflict Resolution Centre. Romania supports early resolution of conflicts with investors and is open to discuss the good offices of the Energy Charter Secretariat in case of request by foreign investors.
Romanian 2018 Chairmanship will follow the current Chairmanship of Turkmenistan.