Extracts from the common press briefing by Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister, Iurie Leancă, Moldovan Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 15 November 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister, and Iurie Leancă, Moldovan Prime Minister, at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
On this occasion, they held a joint press briefing following their meeting which focused on the strategic issue of priority gas and electricity interconnection projects between the two countries.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister, and Iurie Leancă, Moldovan Prime Minister, to the joint press briefing
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): We have identified the most important electricity project, the back-to-back station on the Vulcanesti-Isaccea grid, which will allow Moldova to increase electricity imports from Romania to up to half of Moldova's yearly power consumption. Both projects can significantly increase the energy security of Moldova, by stabilising its energy supply and by reducing the risk of increasing prices. I have committed today that the Commission will continue to provide both political and financial support. The EU has already provided 7 million towards the Iaşi-Ungheni gas interconnector project, which is currently under construction, and we are also financing the feasibility study for Moldova and Ukraine's connection to the ENTSO-E electricity system.
||Cutaway of press
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on visa liberalisation with Moldova: I'm extremely pleased to announce today that after considerable efforts by the Moldovan authorities over the last three years, the Commission's report on Visa Liberalisation which we are publishing this morning concludes that Moldova meets all the benchmarks set. Following the Eastern Partnership Summit, the European Commission will present a legislative proposal to lift visa requirements for Moldovan citizens holding a biometric passport. This is very good news for citizens and a very tangible element towards a closer political association and economic integration with the European Union, because we are also speaking here about people to people contact. We are making this European path a reality.
||Soundbite by Victor Ponta (in ROMANIAN) on common energy infrastructure projects saying that the financing and the implementation are currently being developed. Romania, Moldova and the European Commission will identify and present all the resources that are necessary for these essential projects. He would like to state again the determination of the Romanian government to use all the resources available in the budget, structural and cohesion funds to develop these energy infrastructure projects.
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||Soundbite by Iurie Leancă (in MOLDOVAN) on common energy infrastructure projects saying that now that they have defined the priorities, they know that they are on the right path and will be able to reach their objectives, and develop a safer energy system for Moldova that is less vulnerable to the changes in the region.
||Departure of the speakers (3 shots)