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Factsheet for case RO-2020-37/1402 – measures in Romania

Green energy for accommodation & food businesses

“Energie verde” pentru HoReCa

Country Romania , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 08 September 2020 – 31 December 2027
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania) and Eurofound
Case created 05 November 2020 (updated 06 November 2020)

Background information

The SMEs sector and the accommodation & food industries have been dramatically affected by the measures taken to counter the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The current legislative regulation aims at granting financial aids for the recovery of the entrepreneurial environment, compensating some losses of financial capital and human resources, but also the need to develop the infrastructure for non-polluting road transport vehicles.

Content of measure

In order to support companies in the accommodation & food industry, but also to promote renewable energy forms, Small and Medium Enterprises and companies in the accommodation & food industry can receive a financial aid of up to €100,000 for purchase of photovoltaic panels and charging stations for electric cars, through the ELECTRIC UP program (representing a maximum of 90% of the value of eligible expenses). An initial budget of RON 476 million (approximately €100 million) has been allocated to this program, which aims to help 1,000 companies. The amounts necessary for the implementation of the Financing Program are ensured annually, from the state budget, within the approved budgetary provisions for the financing of projects in energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy production capacities.

Use of measure

An initial budget of RON 476 million (approximately €100 million) has been allocated to this program, which aims to help 1,000 companies.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


This draft normative act has been sent, for analysis, to professional companies and relevant organisations in the field of energy efficiency and tourism, and their observations have been integrated in this proposal for a normative act.

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation
      I56 Food and beverage service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 03 September 2020: GEO no. 159 of September 3, 2020 on the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises and the HORECA area for the installation of photovoltaic panel systems for the production of electricity with an installed capacity between 27 kWp and 100 kWp required for own consumption and the delivery of surplus in the National Energy System, as well as charging stations of 22 kW for plug-in hybrid electric and electric vehicles, through the "ELECTRIC UP" Financing Program (


Eurofound (2020), Green energy for accommodation & food businesses , case RO-2020-37/1402 (measures in Romania), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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