The Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Marcel Ciolacu said on Monday that the package of measures on electricity and gas prices is ready, and these measures will be discussed in the coalition meeting at 5.00 pm.
“We have completed the package of measures, on all three components, so as to stop this escalation of prices, to reduce the bills for both the population and the economy and, last but not least, to try to compensate from the state budget, as much as possible, so that it does not affect the investment area and what we have proposed for this year. We have these measures that we are going to discuss again at 10.00 am, with the members of the Government from PSD, with the National Standing Bureau and also, at 5.00 pm, at the coalition level. I discussed the matter with the Prime Minister and with PNL (National Liberal Party) leader Citu yesterday, and it went well so far,” Ciolacu said at the PSD headquarters, before the meeting of the party’s National Standing Bureau.
He added that the reduction of VAT from 19pct to 5pct on electricity and gas “is bearable by the state budget” and that he maintains that this measure should be applied starting February 1.
“There are many options, including seeing what happened in France with the price cap, with the cap on energy prices at state-owned companies, at the largest state-owned company, and this is a measure that we could take. (…) There are more measures and they are coherent with each other. The Minister of Energy and the representatives of ANRE and ANPC are also invited to the coalition meeting,” he said.
Ciolacu also said that the whole of Europe is affected by the increase in energy prices and does not consider it important now to find a culprit for this in Romania.
PNL’s Citu: For large energy bills, we must apply existing measures, leading to 33% cuts
The chairman of PNL (National Liberal Party), Florin Citu, declared on Monday that for Romanians that have large energy bills the existing measures must be applied, which will lead to 33% reductions, mentioning that these measures must be looked into to see if they were applied “correctly or not”.
“We must apply the measures that we have now, which will lead to 33% reductions of energy bills. Here we need to see if these measures were applied, correctly or not, by the energy system or by the suppliers. First, we must have a clear image of today’s economy. At the same time, we see that everywhere in Europe prices have gone up, not just in Romania, and such measures, I believe will only help the population on a short-term and we need to come up with them, but we must find a solution for Romania,” Citu specified, answering a question on this topic.
He added that such challenges were also during the pandemic, and although there wasn’t money in the budget, it was supplemented with almost 6 billion RON, money which covered expenses in the Health department.
“Such challenges were also during the pandemic, there was no money in the budget – there were almost 6 billion RON which we supplemented and we got them in order to pay for expenses in the Health department. It is a problem that we need to solve, for the Government to solve, and we will see what the solutions are. But first we must see what the problems are and how can we solve them, keeping this budget framework,” Citu showed, according to Agerpres.