212341 6/16/2009 12:18 09BUCHAREST406 Embassy Bucharest UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 09STATE59969|09STATE61286 VZCZCXYZ0013 PP RUEHWEB DE RUEHBM #0406 1671218 ZNR UUUUU ZZH P 161218Z JUN 09 ZDK FM AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9612 UNCLAS BUCHAREST 000406
DEPT FOR EEB/ESC DMONOSSON, OES/EGC GTHOMPSON, IO/EDA RWEBBER
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: ENRG, KGHG, SENV, RO SUBJECT: ROMANIA SUPPORTS GERMANY FOR IRENA HQ
REF: A. STATE 61286, B. STATE 59969
(SBU) EconOff delivered reftel demarches to Mihail Harbic, Director of the Strategic Projects Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on June 16, 2009. Harbic welcomed the news that the U.S. is considering joining IRENA. He advised that the Government of Romania (GOR) is treating the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as a quid-pro-quo in its lobbying efforts to get the new EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators to be headquartered in Bucharest. Therefore, the GOR will support Germany's candidacy to host IRENA's headquarters and France's candidacy for Director General. Pending the Prime Minister's clearance, this will be the formal mandate for the Romanian delegation to the Egypt meeting headed by Lucian Sova, Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Institutional Affairs at the Ministry of Economy. Additionally, Harbic expected ratification of the statute at the end of 2009.