Romania: Authorities ask EC for postponement for coal plants compliance with EU regulations

Romanian authorities will ask the European Commission to extend the term by 2021 until the coal- power plants can comply with the new European environmental requirements, Doru Visan, state secretary at the Ministry of Energy said.

According to him, Brussels officials have adopted the new Best Available Techniques, which are far more restrictive. Under the new requirements, there is a need for a complex set of measures, both technical and investment.

In this regard, the Ministry of Energy has launched a study to show the investment needs to comply with new environmental requirements.

In July 2017, Sorin Boza, General Manager of Energy Complex Oltenia (CEO), stated that the new European environmental standards would mean the closure of all coal plants in Romania.