CHISINAU, 10 Sep – PRIME. The authorities will allocate compensation for gas from Western grants to residents of Moldova, Finance Minister Dumitru Budianschi said on the air of the local TV channel Rlive.
Moldova is experiencing energy and economic crises due to rising energy prices and inflation. The central authorities of the republic are making attempts to provide the country with firewood, coal and fuel oil. In early August, the National Energy Regulatory Agency (ANRE) increased the gas tariff for consumers from 18.62 lei to 23 lei per cubic meter (from 96 cents to 1.2 dollars).
Budiansky assured that the state partially compensates household consumers for gas costs.
“We have 75 million euros provided by the European Union. The EU has insisted that these funds be used to support citizens in an energy crisis. We have a grant of 40 million euros from the German government, which is pending. We are negotiating with the Romanian government for a grant of 10 million euros,” the country’s finance minister explained.
Earlier, the Moldovan government approved an action plan to prevent a crisis in the energy sector in the event of a reduction or suspension of gas supplies from Russia. It provides for three possible scenarios: limiting gas supplies by 35%, by 50%, as well as a complete shutdown. Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said that the authorities intend to reduce gas consumption in winter by at least 15%, and Chisinau is looking for alternative energy sources.