Fact Check: EU Did NOT Order Romania And Moldova To Merge Their Energy Systems, Making Romania Disappear As Nation

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Fact Check: EU Did NOT Order Romania And Moldova To Merge Their Energy Systems, Making Romania Disappear As Nation No Such Order

Did the European Union order Romania and the Republic of Moldova to connect their energy systems to make Romania disappear as a nation? No, that's not true: As neighbors, allies and partners, Romania and Moldova have several bilateral energy partnerships meant to boost Moldova's energy sector as well as develop a more intertwined relationship in this domain. Such a relation does not undermine Romania's independence or sovereignty, as these are bilateral pacts, and there is no evidence that such an order was given by the EU.

The claim originated from a video (archived here) on TikTok by user @iondragoshoreaba on December 9, 2023. The caption (translated from Romanian to English by Lead Stories staff) was:

The EU ordered that Romania and the Republic of Moldova connect their energy systems. The EU wants to make Romania disappear as a nation.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

Screenshot 2023-12-20 at 09.41.10.png(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Dec 20 07:32:46 2023 UTC)

According to Agerpres, in September 2023 the Republic of Moldova expressed its desire to have three "robust interconnections" with the electric energy system in Romania. The timeframe of such projects is 2030, according to Moldovan Minister of Energy Victor Parlicov (archived here). This will allow Moldova and Romania to have tighter relations on the energy market, and Moldova will become a more involved partner in the energy market in Romania, including in the field of nuclear energy, according to a Digi24 news analysis published on September 11, 2023 (archived here).

Additionally, the operator of the electricity and natural gas market in Romania, OPCOM, was invited to the Republic of Moldova to discuss the possibility of opening a branch in the country, which was agreed upon in December 2023 (archived here). There is also a potential collaboration and interest on both sides to increase the flow of investments through the privatization of Red-Nord (archived here), the state distribution network, and regarding the transit of natural gas from Greece through the trans-Balkan gas pipeline.

This is a bilateral partnership: A closer relationship between Moldova and Romania in the energy sector will not undermine Romania's independence or sovereignty in any way. There is no evidence that the EU gave such an order or that the objective is to make Romania disappear as a nation. A search conducted on December 21, 2023, for the following keywords: "Romania" AND "Moldova" AND "energy systems" AND "making Romania disappear" (archived here), using Google News' index of thousands of credible outlets, did not yield any results.


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