World Monitor Magazine April 2017 - Page 12

DESTINATION europe Head of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan, about Astana EXPO 2017 Ambassador Traian Laurenţiu Hristea is a Romanian diplomat, who has been seconded to the European External Action Service. Ambassador Hristea has a PhD in international relations, OVIDIUS University, Romania. He fluently speaks English, Russian, French, Mongolian and Italian. He was awarded the National Order of Romania for 'Faithful Service' in rank of cavalier and Order for 'Diplomatic Merit' in rank of cavalier. On the threshold of Astana EXPO 2017, the Head of the European Delegation of EU in RK speaks on the significance of the project and its participants for World Monitor. Traian Laurenţiu Hristea, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan 10 world monitor This year Kazakhstan is hosting Expo- 2017 – a high-profile international event. What are the plans for the European countries to participate? What countries will be represented there? We are expecting a very high level of European engagement in Astana EXPO 2017 events. So far, 17 EU countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and UK) have confirmed participation and expressed their intention to organize National Days within the framework of EXPO 2017. At least two EU countries have confirmed their participation at the opening ceremony of EXPO 2017, at the level of Head of State, and eight EU countries have confirmed visits at ministerial level. Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, will participate in the Ministerial Conference 'Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy' scheduled for the 11th of July. Moreover, during EXPO the EU will organize the 'EU Energy Days' event, which will showcase the activities and events that raise awareness of energy efficiency and renewables, with a special focus on sustainable energy and energy efficiency in buildings. A special panel discussion will be devoted to the nuclear fusion issue, where we plan to discuss the European Fusion Roadmap and Kazakhstan's cooperation with Euroatom within the framework of the Bilateral Fusion Cooperation Agreement. Are you considering ‘Expo-2017 – Future Energy’ as the right theme and platform to present new technologies? It is certainly our hope that EXPO 2017 will significantly contribute to the promotion of sustainable energy all over the world, which is indeed a key element of a modern economy in today's and tomorrow's world. The EXPO focus is very timely, since it is referring to the global challenge of identifying the best options to fully meet the increased and complex energy needs of the present generations, without compromising the ability of the future generations to benefit from the