Should Romania Exploit its Reserves of Shale Gases? A Public Debate and Open Discussion

9th Dec 13 - 9th Dec 13

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Romanian Cultural Centre


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Romanian shale gas reserves could consolidate the country's role as the largest gas producer in Central Europe. In May 2012, the government temporarily suspended permits for shale gas exploration while waiting for the results of the EU's environmental studies on this energy source. In March 2013, Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced that the moratorium on shale gas exploration in Romania had been lifted. This decision could help boost domestic energy resources and reduce Romania's dependency on Russian gas. (via Shale Gas Europe)

The event is part of Romania Publica, a series of public debates aimed at encouraging citizen engagement and public participation on timely topics that, if not addressed, may be affecting our citizen wellbeing in the near future.

GRASP, ARDOR and Median Research Centre are co-leading the project aiming to engage their communities in debate in Romania and across Europe.


Jenny Banks - WWF Climate & Energy As part of WWF's energy and climate team, Jenny Banks works with government and industry to help make sure the UK builds a low-carbon power sector, which will be sustainable long-term and vital for achieving the country's emission-reduction targets. Energy from fossil fuels - like oil, coal and gas - makes a massive contribution to climate change, with drastic implications for people and the natural world. She was lead author of our Positive Energy report, which shows how the UK can decarbonise its power sector by 2030.

Sorin Albeanu - Trayport, Global Gas and Electricity Marketplace Sorin started his career working for GDFSUEZ inBrusselsas Gas and Electricity Deal Originator, part of the European energy trading team. For the past four years he has been working for Trayport-GFI in various commercial and strategic roles. In the past period he has been involved in the development of gas, LNG and/or electricity marketplaces in Spain, UK, Colombia, Germany, France and Romania.

During his university studies in Economics Sorin has been involved in the global youth leadership development organization AIESEC, where he was part of the Romanian national board.


Radu Tatucu - Co-Founder GRASP Radu started his career as a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank in Washington D.C. where he co-authored and contributed to chapters on R&D and technology flows, corruption and urbanization in East Asia, developed economic models forecasting long-run growth and poverty rates in the region. Radus area's of expertise include international macroeconomic and financial policy, poverty reduction, investment climates and technological progress. He has also worked as economic consultant for FTI Consulting in Boston and is the co-founder of Global Romanian Society of Young Professionals (GRASP).