Chiriţoiu: There will be price increases for power and gas, state can no longer subsidize all

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Romania’s electricity and gas price will grow in the context of their getting alignment with European countries, and the government has to say what consumers it can continue to subsidize, Bogdan Chiriţoiu, the chairman of the Competition Council, said in a conference on Thursday.

“One thing harder to accept, but inevitable, is that, when we integrate into the European market, be it either gas or electricity market, the inevitable trend is to have prices similar to the countries around us. This is the definition of a market, prices tend to equalize”, Chiriţoiu said.

According to Agerpres, he pointed out that this is already happening with regard to the price of fuels, before taxes.

“We like it or not, this will happen with electricity and gas as well. This can be a good thing for Romania and for our producers, because we are generally exporting electricity and, at the moment, when we are working for developing new production capacities in the Black Sea, we will probably become also gas exporters, so this will be a good thing for our economy, but it will mean higher prices”, said the Competition Council official.

In this context, Chiriţoiu reminded that the vulnerable consumer, who will be most affected by these price rises, has not yet been defined.

“We have to see what consumers are most affected by higher prices. This is an old subject and I would be happy to be solved by the current Government.” The starting point will be that all Romanians would consider themselves as vulnerable, but we are not all vulnerable. Not all Romanians will be entitled to ask the Government to receive subsidies for energy-related expenses”, said the chairman of the Competition authority.

As an example, he mentioned the inhabitants in Bucharest and Ilfov, areas where gross domestic product per capita exceeded the EU average.

At the same time, industrial consumers will also be affected by these price increases, and Chiriţoiu has shown that large electricity consumers have already been supported by the state by being exempted from paying a consistent share of green certificates.

“Perhaps we need to find measures like this for other taxes that also impact on the competitiveness of economic agents”, he added.

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  1. Sigur dvs, cei parca 300 parlamentari , majoritatea membrilor de partid din structurile centrale si locale,personale din Madagascar-Costa Rica etc…. si inca vreo 1000 de persoane nu vor fi consumatori vulnerabili.Ar fi bine la cunostintele dvs sa definiti ce inseamna consumator vulnerabil in conditiile concrete ale tarii noastre.Daca va e rusine sa definiti acest concept, nu faceti referire la integrarea in piata europeana a electricitatii si gazelor.In ceea ce priveste exportul de energie electrica ar fi cazul, daca aveti voie sa faceti o analiza a exportului in ultimii sa zicem 3 ani, dar cred ca daca primiti verde trebuie facuta analiza asa cum se dispune.In ceea ce priveste exportul de gaze din Marea Neagra ar trebui sa fiti mai rezervat, atata timp cat in economie productia este la pamant,poate ne mai gandim si la acesta tara inainte de a facilita baietilor destepti exportul.Dar e frumos cum vorbiti si ganditi, ce conteaza oamenii si asigurarea unor conditii decente de viata daca ne referim la asigurarea caldurii si apei , unde toate societatile sunt in insolventa/faliment sau la scoli si gradinite unde copii stau cu paltoane pe ei, inclusiv cele care au WC-urile in fundul curtii.Inafara cartierelor de VIP-uri poate faceti o vizita la 5-10 km in jurul Bucurestiului si sa observati singur cati au canalizare, apa potabila si strazi asfaltate.Poate nu ar fi rau sa mai lasati si alti oameni din cadrul Consiliului Concurentei sa-si spuna parerile, sau daca vorbesc primesc lichidarea.Deci d-le presedinte, prin functia importanta pe care o detineti de multi ani, ar trebui sa aveti interventii si pentru oamenii de rand ai acetei tari ,care sunt multi si cu probleme grele.

  2. Indiferent de ce se intampla inafara tarii, tariel OPEC au cele mai mari facilitati inauntrul tarii la petrol. MA refer simplu pret/gram, Kg, baril, etc. De ce la noi e totul anapoda? De ce in contra buzunarului oamului carea avut noroc sa se nasca in aceasta tara daruita de Dumnezeu cu atatea bogatii? Uite-asa ne faceti dor de Ceausescu si de alte vremuri,….. Aveti de toate; Va lipseste doar patriotismul.

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