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Cristina Prună: Law of the Vulnerable Consumer is under scrutiny, we can’t have a fair transition without gas

Decarbonization involves a transformation of the Romanian energy industry, a process that must be viewed with great care and seriousness, said Cristina Prună, vice president of the Chamber of Deputies, during the 7th edition of the Energy Strategy Summit, an event organized by Energynomics.

“Decisions made now will have an extremely important impact in the future… at the legislative level, we need stability and predictability. We have started working on certain legislative initiatives. We are in the process of liberalizing the market, competition is important, the free market is important and all the initiatives we will promote from now on must take these things into account. Colleagues at the government level are looking at amending the Energy Law, working on strategies – whether we are talking about the Energy Strategy or the Hydrogen Strategy. On the other hand, in parliament, the law of the vulnerable consumer is under scrutiny, we will see in the Chamber of Deputies how we look at it, how we amend it so that it is applicable law and comes to support the liberalization of the market and energy consumers,” said Cristina Prună.

The energy transition requires a reduction in the social impact in areas affected by the abandonment of coal. “Just yesterday we adopted a law that reduces the social impact in these areas, mono-industrial mining… I think we need investment in the energy sector, and I think that at the legislative level we have enough leverage to encourage new investments in the renewable sector – and here are a number of legislative changes we are looking at, and I hope we will adopt them in the coming months. In the offshore wind area, we started a debate on the development potential of projects in the Black Sea – and the legislative part can offer the first perspective, that these projects can take place and I started to get involved in this sense,” she added.

At the same time, Cristina Prună believes that “we cannot have a fair, correct transition if natural gas is not part of this story and, obviously, we have this offshore law, which we need to change in order for Black Sea projects to take place”.

2021 Energy Strategy Summit was organized by Energynomics, with the support of Automatica, BCR, CE Oltenia, Chimcomplex, E.ON România, Electrica Furnizare, Electroalfa, EnergoBit, Enevo Group, FPPG, Greencells, Horvath & Partners, ING Bank, Hidroelectrica, MET România Energy, Nuclearelectrica, OMV Petrom, Photomate, Rolls Royce, Romgaz, Schneider Electric, Signify, Transgaz.

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