Prime Minister Florin Citu said, on Wednesday, that an ordinance aimed at subsidizing energy and gas prices was discussed in first lecture, among other topics, in the Government sitting.
“It’s about subsidizing the prices for energy and gas. I had a very good talk in the Government session today. I mandated the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Finance come up with a final form. I would like the form be completed, as well as the scheme with solutions to compensate non-household clients. Until now, I have spoken about household clients. I would also like to talk about non-household clients, especially SMEs. The Ministry of Labor must be involved, because it implies compensating household consumers and we are thinking of how to do this as simply as possible,” showed the Prime Minister, during a press conference at the Victoria Government Palace.
He said that the topic of capping the gas price was also approached.
“Also in the Government sitting today, we had discussions on capping the price for gas. I introduced this topic into debate in the Government. Mr. Minister, together with the Competition Council, will also discuss with the European Commission. There are several options we’re considering, but we wanted to have this option as well. We are looking for the best solutions for this period in which gas and energy prices have gone up, for household and non-household consumers, especially until March 31,” Citu also said.
Minister of Energy: Romanian state to subsidize electricity bills for 13 million Romanians
The Romanian state will compensate the electricity bills for approximately 13 million Romanians who have a monthly consumption between 30 kWh and 200 kWh, Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu said on Wednesday in a briefing at the end of the Government meeting.
“I presented today in the Government in first reading the draft emergency ordinance for subsidizing the Romanians’ electricity and gas bills,” he specified.
The minister showed that the difference between the lowest market price, 64 bani per kWh including all taxes, and the average, 82 bani per kWh will be subsidized.
“This difference of 18 bani per kWh will be fully subsidized from the state budget. Almost 13 million Romanians will benefit from this measure,” Popescu added, according to Agerpres.