178673 11/17/2008 15:23 08BUCHAREST889 Embassy Bucharest UNCLASSIFIED 08STATE119282 P 171523Z NOV 08 FM AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8891 INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE USDOC WASHDC HQ EPA WASHINGTON DC UNCLAS BUCHAREST 000889
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E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: KGHG, SENV, ENRG, RO SUBJECT: ROMANIA: UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE - POZNAN, POLAND, DECEMBER 1-12, 2008
REF: STATE 119282
1. On November 12, EconOff transmitted reftel talking points to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Deputy Director for UN and Specialized Institutions Gabriela Tanjala and to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development's (MESD) Chief of Department in the Climate Change Directorate, Vlad Trusca.
2. Mr. Trusca stated that Romania will follow the EU's lead on the climate change package at Poznan and is not crafting a separate position. Additionally, he expressed frustration at the slow pace of negotiations, but was optimistic about working with the incoming U.S. administration on climate change and anticipated opportunities to advance the process in the near future. Ms. Tanjala expressed similar sentiments, but deferred on the substance to MESD as Romania's lead agency on climate change.
3. The Romanian delegation to Poznan will be led by Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Attila Korodi. Other members of the delegation will include Teodora Belciu, Personal Counselor to the Minister; Oana Sbiera, Miriana Roman and Sergiu Deaconu, Counselors from the Climate Change Directorate; Sorin Deaconu, Counselor for the National Environmental Protection Agency; and Mr. Trusca.