Ten Priority Areas for Romania Post COVID-19 Recovery: A Focus on Energy and Climate Policy

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The post COVID-19 economic recovery represents a unique opportunity for setting Romania on a path of sustainable economic growth and for ensuring its competitiveness in a future decarbonised EU economy. Romania’s recovery plans should be designed to maximise the economic impact of the upcoming recovery funding, while simultaneously safeguarding national long-term climate ambitions, by focusing on future-proof investments and a smart regulatory framework, in line with the European Green Deal. The extraordinary circumstances of the newly available EU recovery funding that Romania can spend in following years make it imperative to identify key investment priorities, but, equally important, to also simultaneously pursue legislative, regulatory, and market reforms that can maximise the positive economic impact of the upcoming investments. This paper proposes a list of key issues that need be tackled as part of Romania’s post COVID-19 recovery strategy, structured in ten overarching energy and climate-related priorities.


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