The executive has adopted a memorandum for signing the fourth order form of vaccines against COVID-19, produced by the BioNTech/Pfizer company, for a quantity of 4.2 million optional doses, 300,000 of them reaching Romania in the second trimester of this year, the Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Thursday.
“It was very important to approve the memorandum which is at the base of signing the fourth order form of vaccines against COVID-19, produced by the BioNTech/Pfizer company, for a quantity of 4.2 million optional vaccine doses (…). Through this memorandum, 300,000 doses will arrive in Romania faster, those are doses which are already coming from the second trimester of 2021,” Citu specified, in a press conference at Victoria Palace.
PM Citu: All prerequisites are in place to provide 1,600 ICU beds for COVID patients by Sunday
Prime Minister Florin Citu also declared on Thursday, at the end of the Government meeting, that all the prerequisites are in place for 1,600 ICU beds for COVID patients to be provided by Sunday.
“Today I met with the directors of the DSPs [the Public Health Directorates]. Now I have met with the managers of the COVID hospitals. By Sunday all the prerequisites are in place to reach this target – 1,600 beds – and then plans are being made to get to 1,800. It’s a battle that we fight every day. I understand that these contests also solve the personnel issues. We will monitor the situation and I will go to the CNCCI [the National Intervention Management and Coordination Centre] meetings, I will stay close to the health system during this period and I will support all the efforts of this system,” the prime minister told a press conference held at Victoria Palace of Government.
Citu mentioned that, in online discussions he had on Thursday morning with the directors of the DSPs, he stressed that the “short-term target” is to provide 1,600 ICU beds for COVID patients.
“We are accelerating on the one hand the vaccination campaign, but the resources in the health system still need to be optimally used,” he said.
Referring to the meeting with the directors of COVID hospitals, Florin Citu underlined that he thanked them for the effort they have been making for a year in the fight against the pandemic.
“Memorandum on payroll does not come with any cutbacks in budget sector”
Prime Minister Florin Citu declared on Thursday that the memorandum proposed by the Ministry of Labor regarding the public sector payroll does not come with any cutbacks.
“I would like to dismantle false information from the public space – the memorandum proposed and approved by the Ministry of Labor does not come and does not propose any cutbacks in the budget sector,” Citu said, after the Government meeting.
RON 664.1 million in Gov’t endorsed state aid for Oltenia Energy Compex
The government adopted on Thursday an emergency ordinance on the granting of state aid of 664.1 million lei to the Oltenia Energy Complex (CEO), for the purchase of emission certificates for last year, according to a release of the Ministry of Energy, sent to AGERPRES.
“We are moving ahead with the restructuring process of the CEO, and the amounts allocated today come to confirm that we are following the plan agreed with the European Commission. The CEO is an important pillar of the energy system in our country, but we also need to complete the restructuring plan in order to be able to produce clean energy,” said the Energy minister, Virgil Popescu.
Therefore, the Ministry of Public Finance (MFP) will allocate 664,106 million lei in grant form at the request of the Ministry of Energy. The amount will be provided by the MFP from the revenues resulting from privatisation, for the partial purchase of greenhouse gas emission certificates for 2020.
The payment of CO2 certificates is part of the Restructuring Plan and their non-payment leads to the compromise of the plan and reform in the production of electricity as well as the entire process of decarbonisation and transition to climate neutrality.
With an available power of 3,570 MW, the Oltenia Energy Complex is one of the largest energy producers in Romania and contributes to ensuring national energy security, mainly in extreme times of prolonged drought or during winter periods with low temperatures, when the contribution of coal plants in the production structure has increased to almost 35 pct.
Citu: There was need for an emergency ordinance for the restructuring plan of the Oltenia Energy Complex
“The government adopted at its meeting this Thursday an emergency ordinance on the restructuring plan of the Oltenia Energy Complex, a plan that has already been greenlighted by the European Commission, and which provides for the grant of 664.1 million lei as state aid to the power facility for the purchase of green certificates, Prime Minister Florin Citu announced.
“There was need for an emergency ordinance for the restructuring plan of the Oltenia Energy Complex. This is an EC-approved plan for the purchase of green certificates. There would have been problems there, had the certificates not been procured, so we also found a financing mechanism, and the ordinance was also passed,” Florin Citu told a press conference at the Victoria Palace of Government.