An emergency ordinance containing measures put forth by the government to mitigate surging prices in energy and natural gas will pass next week, as Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca is urging the relevant ministers to complete legislation to be put up for public debate.
At the beginning of a government meeting on Wednesday, Ciuca mentioned his meeting on Tuesday with energy producers, suppliers and distributors.
“I talked to the energy minister and we are working on the contents of the emergency ordinance that we want to complete by Friday morning. And, in that regard, I am asking the minister of finance, the minister of agriculture, the minister of economy, the minister of entrepreneurship, the justice minister and the transport minister to finalise the contents, so that at the Ministry of Energy and of course with the support of the secretary general, we can finalise this ordinance so that we can make it public by Friday morning, so that next week, before the weekly sitting, we can pass this emergency ordinance,” the prime minister said, according to Agerpres.
Bucharest Executive introduces energy suppliers’ obligation to recalculate wrong bills within 15 days
Under an Emergency Ordinance adopted by the government on Wednesday, the suppliers are required to recalculate within 15 days the wrong energy bills where the capping and offsetting mechanisms were not applied, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu announced at a briefing at the end of the government meeting.
“As promised, the government introduced today the suppliers’ obligation to redo the wrong bills, that is those where the capping and offsetting mechanisms were not applied. The suppliers shall do the recalculation with no penalties in 15 days’ time and invoice payment is also suspended during these 15 days,” said the Minister.
He pointed out that in order to prevent “any potential abuse by a party” towards customers, utility shutoffs are prohibited as long as this Emergency Ordinance is in force.
EnergyMin Popescu: Romania will have a surplus of one billion cubic metres of natural gas next winter coming from the Black Sea
Romania will have a surplus of one billion cubic metres of natural gas next winter coming from the Black Sea, from the area where Black Sea Oil & Gas operates, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu said on Tuesday.
“Had Romania had the Black Sea natural gas … we would have been fully energy independent, we would have been a natural gas supplier even, a regional energy stability supplier. Instead, Romania has another area and it is almost ready, the area where Black Sea Oil & Gas operates. We have had discussions with them, and this spring the first gas will come out of the Black Sea, so Romania will have a surplus of one billion cubic metres next winter that will come from the Black Sea. That will further decrease Romania’s dependence on Russian gas,” Popescu told B1 TV private broadcaster.