Energy minister: The government can unilaterally denounce oil agreements

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Government can unilaterally denounce the oil agreements, for reasons of national security, after the Parliament approved an emergency ordinance in this regard, wrote on Facebook the minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu.

“I thank my fellow deputies for unanimously adopting, with 311 votes in favor, the draft law on the approval of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 27/2020 for amending and supplementing the Petroleum Law no. 238/2004. Why is it important? These changes have strengthened national security,” the minister said.

He pointed out that, thus, Romania has transposed into national legislation the provisions of Directive no. 94/22/EC, art. 2, para. (2) “Member States may refuse, for reasons of national security, to allow access to the pursuit of such activities to any entity which is effectively controlled by third countries or third-country nationals,” according to Agerpres.

Also, “in the case of oil agreements in force, at the proposal of the competent authority, for reasons of national security, a unilateral denunciation of the oil agreement may be approved by a decision of the Government,” Popescu added.

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