Romanian Energy Minister Virgil Popescu, on a visit to Istanbul, said he encouraged Turkish companies to invest in the Romanian energy sector, according to a post on his Facebook page.
“Today [Thursday – ed.n.] I am in Istanbul where I am participating in the 27th Meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation Romania-Turkey, together with Deputy Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. In relation Energy, we agreed to intensify bilateral relations, by setting up a joint working group, included. The agenda of the energy talks will include regional energy projects of common interest with the potential to diversify energy sources and supply routes, cooperation in the Southern Gas Corridor (GSC), the LNG sector, cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, as well as the exchange of expertise and technologies,” the minister wrote.
He also attended a meeting with Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay during which co-operation to optimize the use of energy resources was also addressed.
“And this means completing interconnectivity and diversifying transportation routes, by developing the Southern Gas Corridor. We conveyed that we encourage companies in Turkey to invest in energy, to contribute to the modernization of the Romanian energy sector,” Popescu added.
Transport Minister Grindeanu: Strategic partnership between Romania and Turkey remains solid
The Strategic Partnership between Romania and Turkey remains a strong one and provides an important point of reference in the relationship between our countries, cooperation being all the more important in this time of crisis, when we face unprecedented security challenges, says the Minister of Transport, Sorin Grindeanu.
“At today’s meeting in Istanbul with Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, we appreciated the bilateral relationship which is at an excellent level. The Strategic Partnership between Romania and Turkey remains a solid one and provides an important point of reference in the relationship between our countries. Cooperation is all the more important in this time of crisis, when we face unprecedented security challenges. We appreciated the efforts made by the Turkish side to resume, after 9 years, the work of this Joint Commission,” Grindeanu wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
According to him, in the field of economic and sectoral cooperation, Turkey is the second largest trading partner outside the European Union and the first destination for Romanian exports outside the EU, with trade reaching approximately 10 billion dollars.
“I also stressed the major importance of the recent decisions taken at last week’s EU Summit on the phasing out energy dependence on Russia. In this context, we pointed out that Romania has already proposed the use of the BRUA gas pipeline and the Giurgiu-Ruse Interconnector (between Romania and Bulgaria) and the Bulgaria-Greece Interconnector for the future stages of the development of the Southern Gas Corridor. We are counting on Turkey’s openness and support for promoting this option at the regional level,” the Transport Minister said, according to Agerpres.
Photo: Facebook/Virgil Popescu
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