25 march

Moldova-U.S. working group on energy met in Chisinau

The members of the energy group between Moldova and the United States have held the first working meeting in Chisinau on March 24. They exchanged opinions on the implementation of the energy strategy of Moldova and the future priorities, IPN reports.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Iulian Groza told a news conference that the working group is an essential part of the Moldova – U.S. strategic dialogue that was launched in Washington at the start of this month, during Prime Minister Iurie Leanca’s visit to the United States.

The first meeting centered on Moldova’s connection to the gas and electric power systems of the European Union through the agency of Romania and the United States’ role in the implementation of the relevant projects. “The Moldovan-American partnership will help us to identify joint solutions. The goals are to diversify the energy sources, to become part of the common European energy market and to ensure the energy security,” said Iulian Groza.

Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs of the U.S. Department of State Carlos Pascual underlined that it is very important for Moldova to make progress on the path to European integration. The greater the extent to which Moldova integrates into the European market, the greater will be its advantages.

“The interconnector with Romania will ensure interconnection with other markets. This is not to the detriment of Russia. This will create competition and a better environment for the people from here, lower prices. Moldova needs to diversify its energy sources,” said Carlos Pascual, adding that the U.S. will provide the entire support for the Moldovan people to benefit from diversified energy sources.