Romania’s energy strategy is the first topic on the agenda of the Honorary Energy Council, an independent and consultative body, which brings together leading Romanian specialists in this field, the Energy ministry announced on Friday.
“The Ministry of Energy announces the Honorary Council for Energy, which brings together leading Romanian specialists in the field of energy. They bring the experience and knowledge accumulated in the private sector, universities and research centers, to contribute to the development of strategies, public policies and government programs that can transform Romania at the forefront of the energy field. The Council will answer the most important questions for the Romanian energy system: What are the future trends in the energy field? How can we achieve the transition to clean energies in a fair and equitable way? How do we transform Romania in a net supplier of energy security in the region? What should Romania’s national energy strategy look like?”, says a press release from the Ministry of Energy.
According to the cited source, the Council is an independent, honorary and consultative body. It supports the development of strategies, public policies and government programs that can transform Romania into a pillar of innovation and regional energy security. The members are appointed by order of the Minister of Energy, being some of the most performing Romanians in energy, in the country and in the diaspora, with results recognized at national and global level.
Thus, the Ministry of Energy expands the base of knowledge and experience to which it has access, building a mechanism through which it can benefit from the opinions and analyzes of energy experts outside the administration system. At the same time, a wider consultation ensures a more transparent and responsible decision-making process, which takes into account the opinions of the academic, social and private environment.
The first topic on the agenda of the Honorary Council is Romania’s new Energy Strategy. The body will have a consultative role in shaping this strategic document, which has the deadline for adoption in the first part of 2024.
“Thank you to all those who accepted the challenge to become members of the Honorary Council and to contribute to the mission I undertook as a minister: energy for a new Romania. Safe energy, at a fair price and as much as possible green – in this order of priorities. We will meet in a hybrid format every month, having as main topics the strategic priorities of the energy sector, the role of new technologies and Romania’s competitive advantages through public policies and investments. Of course, the list of honorary advisors is not exhaustive . We are still waiting for nominations, but also proposals for topics that can be addressed by the Council. With certainty, Romania has some of the best energy experts in the world, a resource that any country would like and that we are debts to put it into value,” said the Minister of Energy, Sebastian Burduja.
The first members of the Honorary Council are, in alphabetical order: Gheorghiță Agafiței, Daniel Apostol-Bîrzu, Alexandru Valeriu Binig, Corneliu Bodea, Mihnea Cătuți, Minodor Teodor Chirica, Dumitru Chisăliță, Andrei-Silviu Covatariu, Claudiu Crețu, Daniela Raluca Dărăban, Cătălin Dragostin, Radu Dudău, Sorin Elisei, Claudiu Floroaie, Liviu-Lucian Floroaie, Florian Gaman, Adina Georgescu, Ioan Dan Gheorghiu, Virgiliu Ivan, Andrei-David Korberg, Alina Laszlo-Orth, Cătălin-Ioan Lungu, Florin Mârza, Mihai Alexandru Moia, Corina Murafa, Teofil Mureşan, Dan Pantilie, Mihai Petre Peia, Petru Ruseț, Aura Săbăduş, Cristian Şteț and Dragoş Tâlvescu.