European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Gunther H. Oettinger, will meet with Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Minister of Communications and Information Society Delia Popescu and Culture Minister Corina Şuteu during a visit in Romania on August 25-26, a release of the European Commission Representation Office in Bucharest informs.
Commissioner Oettinger will deliver an opening speech at the high level conference ‘Digitalisation – The future of Europe’, organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, which will bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The European Commission official will also participate in the round table ‘The economy, the currency and the digital revolution: Challenges for Europe’, organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
“At the end of the visit, European Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger will have a discussion with industry representatives and will meet Romanian filmmakers at Cinema Studio in Bucharest,” the statement reads.
Günther Hermann Oettinger is a German politician and a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
Oettinger was appointed European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society in the European Commission on 1 November 2014, European Union (since 1 July 2014 also Vice President of the Barroso II commission) and is affiliated with the European People’s Party (EPP). He served as Minister President of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg between 2005 and 2010 and chairman of the CDU Baden-Württemberg from 2005 until 2010.
In the Second Barroso Commission, Oettinger was allocated the Energy portfolio, which had just grown in importance after the Lisbon Treaty gave the EU complete authority in the area.
At his confirmation hearing before the European Parliament in 2010, Oettinger pledged to enforce the principle of solidarity on energy policy as enshrined in the EU’s Lisbon Treaty so that no member state could be left disadvantaged. He struck a chord with parliamentarians by basing his security of supply strategy equally on diversifying gas transportation routes from third countries and promoting indigenous renewable energy.
Following the 2014 European elections, both governing parties in Germany – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) – backed Oettinger to remain as the German EU Commissioner in the incoming European Commission.