Romania has a very good track-record and reputation in the energy field – regarding energy independence of the country we are among the top 3 in the European Union, and we also have a very good profile also on renewable energy. Romania should therefore aim to get the position of the next Commissioner on Energy (after the European elections in 2014).
EU energy policy still faces major difficulties in achieving its objectives: ensure access to affordable energy prices; ensure security of the supply chain; reduce carbon dioxide emissions; increase energy efficiency and renewable energy production; and strengthen internal energy market.
In most cases, energy policy is regarded as a particularly sensitive issue of national interest, which some Member States would like to see stronger and more influential than others. Even if the interdependence of states in the energy sector is a key feature, the member countries continue to take unilateral decisions which often lead to increased fluctuations in energy prices. Currently, no Member State may provide energy for their citizens, in particular at good prices.
Dan LUCA / Brussels
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