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December 5, 2022

EC: Romanian authorities must continue the gradual liberalisation of energy prices

The gas consumers of Romania insistently demand authorities to postpone by a year the gas price liberalisation calendar. This would mean that Romania does not meet the commitments it assumed to the European Commission (EC) and the IMF, hotnews.ro comments. The EC was informed that “certain industrial customers demand the delaying of the gas prices liberalisation for industrial consumers by a year,” but “it advises authorities to continue the gradual liberalisation of energy prices,” said Marlene Holzner, spokeswoman of the commissioner for Energy. In other words, the Commission wants the calendar to be observed. “The Commission also demands an adequate protection of vulnerable consumers,” Marlene Holzner added. The European official explained that, so far, the EC received no request from the Romanian government to postpone the liberalisation of prices. On the other hand, Minister of Economy Varujan Vosganian does not support the idea of delaying the liberalisation of gas prices, but considers that big consumers should have a different regime.

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