On the 7th of July 2010 the new version of Law 220 was published in the Official Gazette but will the changes that were introduced by a special law, Law 139/2010, will be enough in order to provide the legal basis for renewable energy that so many investors is RES have been waiting for?
We doubt that. The new version contains many changes that are not even in favour of RES all still it is not clear how exactly this so-called promotion scheme will function in practice. Moreover some organizations protested against the new law saying that the new law is not in concordance with the National Energy plan that the government submitted to Brussels on the 15th of July 2010.
“…Considering all missing information, the illegal adoption procedure of this document (regarding transparency in decision-making) and its unreliability, we urge the European Commission not to accept the Romanian National Action Plan on Renewable Energy submitted under Directive 28/2009 and to recommend to the Romanian Government to follow legal procedures and to carry out a thorough revision of the Plan at national level.” says the Climate Action Network Romania in a letter to Mr. Günther Oettinger, Commissioner on Energy The European Commission, Directorate General Energy on the 26th of July, 2010.
The letter was signed by a number of organizations such as: TERRA Mileniul III Foundation, ALMA-RO Association, Romanian Ornithological Society/BirdLife Romania, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme Romania, ARIN Association, Save the Danube Association, Ecopolis Association – The Sustainable Policy Centre, Green Szeklerland Association and Re.Generation.
The question that raises is: Does Romania really want Renewable energy? 4 billion EURO of foreign investment is at stake but does Romania care?