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În Brussels, Ana Birchall had a bilateral meeting with US Energy Secretary Rick Perry

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Deputy Prime Minister for implementing Romania's strategic partnerships Ana Birchall met on Thursday in Brussels with US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, with whom she discussed about the "firm" commitment of Romania's Government to ensure a transparent investment climate.

"We discussed about the cooperation in the energy area, capitalising on the energy resources in the Black Sea, aspects regarding the regional energy security and the development of some transport and connectivity projects, with an emphasis on the BRUA [the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria corridor] project. Moreover, I reiterated the firm commitment of Romania's Government to ensure a transparent and attractive investment climate for the companies investing in the energy area, through projects diversifying energy transport sources and routes," Birchall wrote on her Facebook page.

Ana Birchall attended the first edition of the EU-US High-Level Business to Business Energy Forum, which takes place in Brussels. Within the meeting, the prospects for developing and strengthening the EU and the US relations are to be discussed, especially in the sphere of energy and security in the area.

În this context, the Romanian official said that "The BRUA project is a good example of successful cooperation among the states in our region. This new gas corridor will improve interconnectivity with neighboring countries, will create a new regional gas transport route from various supply sources, liquefied natural gas included, and will create the necessary infrastructure for taking up and transporting significant volumes of gas from the Black Sea, while at the same time carrying an important potential to create a valuable link between the Southern Gas Corridor and Central Europe, with Romania as a regional energy hub " .

Attending the meeting were European and American political leaders such as US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Change Miguel Arias Canete, the European Commission's Director-General for Energy Dominique Ristori, and ministerial representatives from EU Member States. There were also numerous representatives of European and US energy companies.

Deputy Prime Minister Ana Birchall also attended a roundtable meeting on "Critical Infrastructure and European Energy Security", where she stated that "the energy sector is a crucial priority, and Romania, through its geostrategic position, has proved to be one of the most important regional partners, being a supporter of strengthening the energy infrastructure in the wider Black Sea region."

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