Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca on Tuesday said that the government will renegotiate the energy chapter in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) to benefit the citizens of Romania and the economy.
Asked at a news conference if the government could renegotiate the energy chapter in PNRR so as to postpone the closure of coal mines, Ciuca said that the executive would “renegotiate everything that could be renegotiated” to benefit the citizens and the economy.
“At the moment, there is a decision at EU level that has been called REPowerEU. Within that opportunity, the components of the energy plan will be discussed. (…) We will renegotiate everything that can be renegotiated to benefit the Romanian citizens and the Romanian economy,” he said.
Ciuca added that the natural gas prices at the moment can only be kept in check by an emergency ordinance drafted before April 1 and which has a one-year application period.
“At the moment, the prices for natural gas can only be controlled under the emergency ordinance that we drafted before April 1; for the winter of 2022-2023, the price is regulated by that ordinance. (…) From one day to the other the situation is as dynamic as possible and, when we decided in the coalition to issue this ordinance, with a period of application of one year, we considered that it is necessary to continue to monitor and analyse the market dynamics so that before the ordinance generates the effects, we will have another decision in that respect,” said Ciuca, according to Agerpres.