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PM Ciuca: Gov’t backs re-approval in Parliament of the draft regarding the construction of small hydroelectric power plants in protected areas

The government will support the re-approval in Parliament of the draft regarding the construction of small hydroelectric power plants in protected areas, as soon as the unclear elements deemed to be unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court will be corrected, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca stated on Thursday, while adding that Romania needs energy.

“The Court ruled yesterday on the principle of bicameralism, which is why as soon as we have the Court’s reasoning published we will return to Parliament. The Government will see that the unclear elements of the law are undertaken the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies and then we will re-approve the draft, for we need hydroelectric power plants. This is Romania’s money that was invested in these hydroelectric power plants. At this point, we have at least 11 such plants that are waiting to be put back into operation, because some of them have reached a level of completion up to 90pct. And we need energy. Energy is a strategic requirement for us and for the European Union, so we will complete this project by the end of this year,” said Ciuca.

The Constitutional Court of Romania admitted, on Wednesday, a challenge filed by the USR in relation to the law that allows the construction of small hydroelectric power plants in protected areas, CCR officials told AGERPRES.

 

We cannot discuss a fully regulated energy market in Romania

 

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said on Thursday that a solution is being sought in the ruling coalition regarding energy prices, but a fully regulated market in this area is out of the question, because Romania is connected to the free energy market of the European Union.

Asked what forms of heating aid the government is preparing to help the Romanians, Ciuca said: “As long as we do not have all the concrete data and a communication line for the decision to be taken up by the government and discussed inside the coalition, I want to stay away from speculation. We cannot discuss a fully regulated market. At the moment, Romania is connected to the free energy market of the EU. As such, we cannot discuss a fully regulated market.”

He mentioned that this subject is still being discussed inside the coalition and there is still time for such discussions.

“It is time, because technical solutions are still being sought at the EU level. It would be a shame to lose 2.2 billion euros,” said Ciuca.

He mentioned that the National Liberal Party (PNL), which national leader he is, has come up with a proposal that he presented to the coalition.

“It is a proposal that we are discussing and, probably, from the proposals coming from PNL and from PSD [Social Democratic Party], a very good decision will be made,” said the prime minister, according to Agerpres.

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