Romania: Rebate Programme postponed

Hope dies last – since there was still some left on the 15th of January that the comprehensive rebate programme for renewable energies in Romania could commence. The sector was waiting for the publication of the list of installers approved by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Ministerul Mediului si Dezvoltarii Durabile). But on this very day, Nicolae Nemirschi, the environment minister within the new government, announced that his ministry was not able to issue a validated list of installers because the 2009 budget had not been approved yet.

Besides that, Nemirschi said in a press release on the 15th of January that he sees major weak points, for example, in modalities of the programme. He criticised the “lack of stimulaton with regard to energy efficiency” as well as the “lack of transparency in terms of individuals being able to access the programme”. The programme Green House (see had been devised by the former government.

After all, the minister also pointed out that there were hardly any producers of renewable energy equipment in Romania. Therefore, businesses had to start importing rebated systems – and this not necessarily from the European Union. “This effect seems inappropriate, especially in the situation of economic crisis”, says Memirschi.

Romania had been hit hard by the economic crisis. At the end of 2008, more than 50,000 people had been laid off or sent home from work, Euronews reported on the 23rd of December, one day after the new government under prime minister Emil Boc was inaugurated.

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