Secretary of State for Euro-Atlantic bilateral and strategic affairs with Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) George Ciamba on Monday participated in Budapest, Hungary, at a meeting of the Visegrad group – V4 – (Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia, showing that regional cooperation in the High Level Group of the Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity (CESEC) is of great importance to Romania.
MAE says in a press statement that, featuring on the agenda of the meeting, held at the level of ministers or their deputies, at the invitation of Hungary, as the state holding the V4 Presidency, were a dialogue on energy security, the recent developments in the Western Balkans amidst the enlargement of the European Union, as well as the future of Europe.
“In his speech, Secretary of State George Ciamba pointed out that regional cooperation in the High Level Group of the Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity (CESEC) is of great importance to Romania, given that the development of the natural gas transmission infrastructure is and must remain a priority in the region. He also mentioned the CESEC ministerial meeting this autumn in Bucharest and the extension of the platform to include electricity.”
At the same time, Ciamba stressed that Romania supports initiatives that have the potential to increase regional energy security, in line with European legislation and energy policies, as well as with the principles of the Energy Community.
“He mentioned that, to Romania, the development of the BRUA corridor is essential, showing that the related works on Romania’s soil were on schedule. It also mentioned the essential contribution of regional cooperation formats to the strengthening of energy security in the region and the EU, as well the positive impact of joint infrastructure projects, as is the case with the Vertical Corridor,” says MAE.