Within the proposal for its National Recovery and Resilience Plan, Romania said it intends to stop the excavation of coal in 2032 at the latest and replace conventional power plants in the meantime. The European Union allocated EUR 29.2 billion in grants and loans from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, but the government asked for EUR 41.5 billion.
Without an official announcement from the country’s officials, Romania committed to phasing out coal by 2032 in a document it sent to the European Commission. Hotnews.ro reported the package for negotiations on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP or PNNR in Romanian) includes a plan to start clearing “a large part” of the coal mines by 2030 and stop producing the fossil fuel within two years after that.
The move is part of renewable energy promotion and related reforms with a provisional budget of EUR 1.8 billion. It was listed in an accompanying document and scheduled to be implemented by 2023.