State Secretary Dr. Baumann and Members of Parliament visit Romania
Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Political Mission for Climate Neutrality
Bucharest – Tulcea | 11.-14.10.2023
A delegation from Baden-Württemberg, comprising parliamentary members and other officials, embarked on a pivotal visit to Romania, fostering discussions on shared interests like renewable energy adoption, enhancing energy efficiency, and grid modernization. This visit, led by State Secretary Dr. Andre Baumann, symbolizes the continuation of vigorous and strategic dialogues initiated over the past two years, reflecting a deepened commitment to bilateral cooperation in the energy sector. The program of the visit, meticulously co-organized by the Steinbeis Danube Centre and Steinbeis Romania, marks a significant step in the collaborative efforts between the two regions to address climate change and energy transformation.
Participants from Baden-Wuerttemberg:
- Dr. Andre Baumann (MP), Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, and the Energy Sector
- Daniel Karreis (MP), President of the Committee for Environment, Climate and Energy Policy
- Klaus Burger (MP), Member of the Committee for Environment, Climate and Energy Policy
- Experts of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, and the Energy Sector
- Steinbeis Team Jürgen Raizner and Roxana Boboruta
Dialogue partners in individual meetings:
- Nicolae Ciuca (MP), President of the Senate
- Sebastian Burduja, Minister of Energy
- Lucian Nicolae Bode (MP), Vice-president Chamber of Deputies
- Committee for Environment, Climate and Energy Policy
- Environment and Climate Change Committee
- Environment Fund Administration
- Administration of Bucharest’s Sector 6
Romania and Baden-Württemberg are connected by more than just the Danube. We are linked by a political partnership and cooperation within the Danube Region Strategy, a shared history and culture and our joint commitment to a strong Europe.
Dr. Andre Baumann
Insights from Baden-Wuerttemberg
Andre Baumann, State Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, and the Energy Sector in Baden-Wuerttemberg, during his visit to Romania, highlighted the state’s commitment to achieving climate neutrality by 2040, a decade ahead of the EU’s target. Baumann emphasized the energy sector’s shift from fossil fuels to renewables, focusing on expanding photovoltaic and wind energy, as well as the pioneering role in district heating plans for urban areas. He outlined the necessity of energy-saving principles and efficiency, with ambitious climate protection goals across various sectors like transportation and agriculture. Baden-Wuerttemberg plans to invest over €134 billion across three sectors—building renovations, transportation infrastructure, and energy production—to meet these objectives, acknowledging that this figure may rise with additional infrastructure developments for CO2 capture and hydrogen storage. Baumann also stressed the potential benefits of renewable energy transition for the economy and industry, mentioning the significant role of electrification and the need for a robust renewable energy infrastructure. There was also a mention of entrepreneurial interest in investing in Romania’s green energy sector and admiration for Romania’s progress, including its hydrogen law.
The meeting in Bucharest was initiated by the Committee for Industry and Services, and in particular by Mrs Oana Özmen, Member of Parliament. On her initiative, Romanian members of parliament visited Stuttgart in 2022. This program was also organised by the Steinbeis-Donau-Zentrum and Steinbeis Romania. We were therefore happy to help organise the return visit.
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Nice to know
The often used phrase “From the Black Forest to the Black Sea” beautifully captures the geographical and cultural link between Baden-Wuerttemberg and Romania. Yet, a lesser-known fact is Romania’s own version of the Black Forest nestled within the Danube Delta.
This Romanian counterpart is the Caraorman Forest, a nature reserve celebrated for its luxuriant and thick foliage that swathes the landscape in shadows, lending credence to its name. The name “Caraorman” comes from Turkish and translates to “Black Forest.