The future of energy regulation in Romania is not so bright – despite the fact that we have now a good, brand new law, for the organization of ANRE, The Parliament has decided in less than 3 weeks after the law’s publication to appoint a regulatory committee for ANRE made of people whose only background is party support, not competence and reputation. Meaning, exactly the opposite of what’s written in the law. In the long run, maybe we should think of transferring to EU as much as possible of our regulatory functions, we seem to be incapable of building an institution that works. Maybe we can even think of dismantling ANRE altogether and allow ACER, the new European regulator, to do the job – it is certainly more independent of our politicians and companies, not to mention that all key positions are filled in competitively based on competencies.
How many years does a country need to become inclusive, participative and open to its citizens? The answers may be difficult and very different from one case to another. Romania is still struggling to make its participative mechanisms functional, to open data or to develop a culture of active civic involvement. Recent years have shown ···
Moldova depends 100% on the Russian gas and 80% on the electricity produced in Transnistria based also on Russian gas. In 2014, Romania and Moldova launched with great fanfare an interconnector (Iasi-Ungheni) that promised a relevant alternative to Gazprom for Moldovan consumers. A year and a half later, the pipe is used far below capacity, covering ···
Despite 25 years of reforms towards a market economy, the Romanian public sector companies remain a major fiscal and economic burden. When poorly governed, such companies distort the competition in various markets. They may purchase overpriced supplies or sell goods and services at below market prices, in contracts concluded non-competitively with preferential partners. By such deals, ···