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New energy minister on Black Sea gas: we shouldn’t open up the market completely and offer all the gas to Europe


Anton Anton, the Energy Ministry in the new government, believes that the market should not be completely open in the case of Black Sea gas, business-review.eu informs.

“We definitely need to take care of it, to exploit it. I’m not an advocate for a monopoly, but I also don’t think that we should open up the market completely and offer Europe all the gas”, Anton said during his hearing in the special parliamentary commission.

He suggested that other countries are not exploiting “because they are strategic”, and they prefer buying.

Asked by liberal (PNL) deputy Virgil Popescu if he wants to preserve resources, Anton Anton said that a rational exploitation needs to be done.

“I think we should act so that our resources can bring profit. A part for exploitation, and a part for conservation”.

Regarding the strategic energy project, the proposed minister for energy said that it is a document that does not please him – “I am not pleased, it is a collection of texts which do not make a strategy. Today, the energy minister is working on a strategy. It can only be done together with the environment minister”. He did not mention a deadline for the completion of the strategy.