The interministerial coal committee was established and discussions will be started with the European Commission, including on the decarbonization law, for a new correlation necessary in the current security context, announced the Minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu.
“At the end of June, we adopted the Emergency Ordinance regarding the decarbonization of the energy sector, a milestone in the PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan n.r), considering that the phased elimination of power plants based on lignite and coal constitutes an element of reform of Component C6. Energy, within Pillar I. The green transition of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. According to the provisions of the GEO, by Prime Minister’s decision No. 435/23.08.2022, the Interministerial Coal Committee was established. The Interministerial Coal Committee has as the main objective the coordination of the implementation of the energy sector decarbonization process according to the commitments made through PNRR, Reform 1, Component 6. As we also sent yesterday (Thursday n.r.) we will start discussions with the EC including the decarbonization law, for a new correlation necessary in the current security context,” the minister wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.
The decision regarding the establishment of the Interministerial Coal Committee was published in the Official Gazette of August 23 and according to it, the coordination of the committee is ensured by the Minister of Economy as president, assisted by two vice-presidents, respectively the Minister of Finance and the Minister of European Investments and Projects.
The Secretariat of the Interministerial Coal Committee is provided by two representatives of the Ministry of Economy and one representative of the Ministry of Energy, appointed by joint order of the two competent ministers.
Ministries are represented in the Committee at the level of minister or substitute appointed at the level of secretary of state, and the prefect’s institutions are represented at the level of county prefect or their legal substitutes.
The interministerial coal committee will meet quarterly in work sessions at the request of the coordinator or any member. Representatives of other entities and specialists in the field, from the governmental or non-governmental sphere, can participate in the meetings as guests, according to Agerpres.
The Interministerial Committee includes: from the Ministry of Economy, Florin Marian Spătaru, minister, and Mihai-Ion Macaveiu, secretary of state; of the Ministry of Finance – Adrian Câciu, minister, and Mihai Diaconu, secretary of state; Ministry of Investments and European Projects – Marcel-Ioan Boloş, minister, and Carmen Moraru, secretary of state; Ministry of Energy – Virgil-Daniel Popescu, minister, and Pavel-Casian Nițulescu, state secretary; Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity – Marius-Constantin Budăi, minister, and Mădălin Cristian Vasilcoiu, secretary of state; Ministry of the Environment, Waters and Forests – Barna Tanczos, minister, and Robert-Eugen Szep, secretary of state; Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Tourism – Constantin-Daniel Cadariu, minister, and Lucian-Ioan Rus, state secretary.
The committee also includes the prefects of Gorj, Marcel-Petrică Iacobescu, Hunedoara, Cătălin-Petru Marian, Dolj, Dan Diaconu, Mehedinți, Constantin-Alin Isuf, and Vâlcea counties, Mihai Oprea.