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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă's statements on the current energy situation

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good evening! We have managed to reach an agreement so that the energy cap will be reduced from 1 lei to 0.8 lei per KW. Also, the consumption limit will increase from 300 KW to 500 KW for which this price is calculated, In practice, there is a compensation of 0.291 lei per KW, which will mean that 0.68 bani per KW will be charged to the consumer.

For SMEs, for large non-household consumers, the price will be capped at one leu per KW. For gas, the cap will be reduced from 0.37 to 0.31 lei per KW, and the five-month consumption limit will be increased from 1,000 to 1,500 KW. Also, a 40% discount will be applied, from 33 to 40%, thus ensuring a price of 0.221 lei per KW. For SMEs, schools, hospitals, churches, the food industry, a price of 0.37 lei per KW will be ensured. At the same time, we decided that all bills that were miscalculated will be recalculated, without people being disconnected or paying penalties.

Reporter: When does it apply to electricity and for how long?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: It applies as of February 1, until March 31, and in this period, we will also come up with an analysis and make further decisions.

Reporter: Is it possible from February? Constitutionally speaking, is there any problem?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca: There is no problem. We considered and that is why we are so late, to take enforceable measures, with no changes in the software, and it can be applied as of February 1.

Reporter: To understand, it will be a cap, practically not regulation, as Mr Cîțu had originally said. That is, we do not give up market liberalization for a determined period, but it is a price cap.

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: It is a price cap. Liberalization is not given up.

Reporter: What is the impact on the budget?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: According to the calculation I made this evening, the impact for the two months, amounts to about 3 billion lei.

Reporter: And you mentioned wrongly calculated bills; if you can tell us how many were in the past two months?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: As our discussions revealed, the number exceeded one million wrongly calculated bills.

Reporter: What is ANRE's position, because they were against it, they did not agree with these measures ... They said that these measures would not have been accepted at the EU level.

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We do not make an impact on the free energy market as such, therefore, it had no reason to agree or not on these measures.

Reporter: Are you saying that a million bills need to be recalculated,? Will it happen ex officio ...? What happens...

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: All the wrongly calculated bills. You have seen that several actions have been locally taken, they will continue. I want to assure people that we will take all measures so that such mistakes that, hopefully, are not deliberately made, do not repeat so that people do not have to pay for the mistakes of others. And thus, we consider that the Government’s door is open as much as possible and we are available to citizens... Any instruments we have ...

Reporter: When are you going to take this measure, this week?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The emergency ordinance will not be late more than next week so that it can be soon enforced.

Reporter: Will this cap be borne only by the state or will the supplier have, for example, a cap on the price they can surcharge when selling energy? Because there is this discussion that the supplier should be limited enough to make a profit on the price.

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Currently, it rests for us to have a discussion with the suppliers and distributors tomorrow morning and depending on this meeting we will establish the other technical details that will be included in the Government ordinance.

Reporter: Did you somehow discuss what happens to those who have already managed to pay their bills that were miscalculated?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We have not discussed this detail, but the decision is as clear as possible at the level of the Government so that those bills are cancelled and recalculated.

Reporter: Did you say that these measures may continue after March 31?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: If the price evolution produces the effects that we all feel, we will have a continuous analysis process so that we can take measures in time.

Reporter: Could companies once be forced to stop laying off employees, as has been the case, if they receive state aid?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: All these measures were discussed and debated so that companies do not close, jobs are kept and, of course, to avoid such situations in the future.

Reporter: But will you expressly ask them not to lay off people during this period?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: This is a condition that we will discuss with the business sector, because, here, the state comes and provides all the support it can, so that the companies do not close.

Reporter: Have you talked about zero VAT on basic foodstuff? Are you going to take this step?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We have not discussed it this evening.

Reporter: Did you discuss the Green Certificate?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We have not discussed it this evening. There have been talks on energy and gas prices regulation. Thank you.

Reporter: Is there a new coalition meeting tomorrow?

Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: No, no. Thank you, good evening!



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