The Medium-Term Agenda for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries, which was agreed at the Suzhou ‘16+1’ Summit in November 2015 includes in its subchapter dedicated to Cooperation on Industrial Capacity and Equipment Manufacturing a commitment by the parties to „welcome and support the initiative to set up a Center for Dialogue in energy-related projects”, initiated by the Romanian Government. Moreover, The Suzhou Guidelines for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries reads:“the Participants welcome and support Romania's initiative of setting up a Center for Dialogue in energy-related projects. The 1st meeting of the Center will be organized in Romania in 2016.” (Paragraph 6.4)
With the support of Romania’s Ministry for Energy and Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Center for Dialogue and Cooperation on Energy Projects 16+1 aims at becoming a dynamic networking platform for the business environment in Central and South-Eastern Europe and China, which could advance the cooperation in the field of energy between the two regions on the principles of the 16+1 cooperation format.
The Center’s activity aims at securing a pool of information and sector-specific knowledge that would contribute to the regional and European process of policy-making with a view to supporting further development of energy-related cooperation among entities both within the ‘16+1’ format and among said entities and other parties and cooperation platforms or individual stakeholders.
While anchored in a purely economic and commercial rationale, enhancing the cooperation between China and the Central and South-Eastern Europe member states in the above-mentioned fields can ultimately contribute to achieving important objectives set for regional cooperation in the EU, the implementation of the Energy Union Strategy and climate change towards 2020-2035-2050.
Without replacing existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms and/or platforms, the Center seeks to complement the already agreed Agendas and Strategies and further reinforce the 16+1 cooperation by expanding knowledge of the acquis achieved in regulation, commercial and/or technological fields to non-EU countries in priority-areas like Renewable energies, Smarts Grids, Energy Efficiency, Clean coal, Nuclear energy.