Gov’t considers draft ordinance extending state aid to TAROM, Blue Air airlines

The government on Friday has discussed, in first reading, a draft emergency ordinance granting state aid to the airlines TAROM and Blue Air, to compensate for the losses sustained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior official with Transport Ministry Ionel Scriosteanu proposed at the beginning of the meeting a discussion of the draft piece of legislation.

“We are ready for a first reading of a draft emergency ordinance regarding the establishment of the legal framework for granting state aid to the Romanian National Air Transport Company TAROM, and to the Blue Air company to offset the losses sustained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Scriosteanu.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban mentioned that in this case the European Commission has to be pre-notified.

“We need pre-notification here and we need the agreement as this is a state aid scheme,” Orban said.

The senior official said the pre-notification will be sent the same day. “The pre-notification goes to the European Commission today,” Scriosteanu said, according to Agerpres.

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