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Factsheet for measure RO-2022-27/2924 – measures in Romania
|Country||Romania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 29 June 2022 – 31 December 2023|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Victoria Stoiciu, Nicoleta Voicu (Association Center for Public Innovation) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||17 September 2022 (updated 26 September 2022)|
The measure was adopted in the context of the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the EU Green Deal, aiming to contribute to the development of renewable hydrogen in line with their objectives. The scheme will also contribute to the objectives of the REPowerEU Plan to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition.
The state aid scheme was launched in June 2022 (by an Order of Minister) and was approved by the European Commission in August 2022.
The €149 million state aid scheme is made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).
The scheme supports the construction of new installations for the production of renewable hydrogen. It aims to achieve by 31 December 2025 renewable hydrogen production capacities of at least 100 MW in electrolysis installations producing at least 10,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year.
The scheme is open to
The projects will be selected through a transparent bidding process, in which the potential beneficiaries will compete for the lowest amount of aid per MW of installed electrolysis capacity. The support will take the form of direct grants, the maximum amount of which cannot exceed €50 million per grant.
The number of beneficiaries is not known and the procedure of application for grants is still open.
In the procedure of the approval of the state aid scheme, the European Commission found that the scheme facilitates the development of certain economic activities, in particular the production of renewable hydrogen. The Commission states that the measure has an ‘incentive effect', as the beneficiaries would not carry out the investments in renewable hydrogen to the same extent without the public support.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
|Does not apply to citizens|
EU (Council, EC, EP)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No involvement, since the case is not in the social partners' domain.
No views have been expressed publicly by social partners regarding the content of the measure.
Eurofound (2022), State aid to support renewable hydrogen production, measure RO-2022-27/2924 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/RO-2022-27_2924.html
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