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Liberal leader Florin Citu says market liberalization not to blame for energy crisis

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Florin Citu

Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Florin Citu declared on Friday in Alba Iulia that claims about the failure of the energy market's liberalization are "stupid" and stressed that the current energy crisis has a global span.

In his opinion, people who "have nothing to do" with a specific sector and "are clueless" about it should not be appointed to regulatory institutions.

Asked at a press conference how he comments on the statement of the Finance Minister, Social Democrat Adrian Caciu, that we are witnessing "a failure of the energy market's liberalization", the Liberal leader replied that this repeatedly circulated claim is "nonsense or stupid", informs.

"Liberalization is never a failure. And liberalization was done two years ago and it was OK. What we see today is a global energy crisis. It has nothing to do with Romania. Prices have risen everywhere in the world and liberalization was done a long time ago in the EU. It's weird to say that liberalization is a failure, but if this comes from the Socialists it's not a problem, because the liberalization was done according to the timetable devised during Adrian Nastase's time and is laid out in the EU Accession Treaty," Florin Citu said.

He added that he will support the free market anytime, anywhere, as well as price determination by the free market.

"But as long as we appoint to regulatory institutions people who have nothing to do with the respective sector, people who are clueless, that's the results we'll see. It is our duty in the Romanian Parliament to assess the activity report of the National Energy Regulatory Agency, of the Financial Supervisory Agency, of all these watchdog agencies, and again it is our duty as politicians to put knowledgeable people in office. Otherwise, these are the results we'll see. So, it's not market liberalization that is to blame. I told you who's at fault in my opinion," Citu explained.


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