Romanian state-owned coal company Oltenia Energy Complex (OEC) is active in mining, fossil fuel power generation, and local heat supply. It operates nine surface lignite mines, producing coal for four power plants. The Romanian government has decided to give €1.3 billion to the company for fossil fuel investments, which is a violation of state aid, and undermines the urgent work of the EU Green Deal.
The subsidy has to be approved by the European Commission, which opened an investigation on 19 March, inviting contributions until 19 April.
Romania cannot waste any more time or money on fossil fuels. CE Oltenia has to phase out fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy, to protect our health and our climate.