GOVERNMENT OF ROMANIA

 

DECISION

on measures to mitigate the effects of difficulties in the supply

of crude oil and petroleum products

 

On the basis of the Article 108 of the Romanian Constitution, republished, to the Article 12 of the Law no. 90/2001 regarding the organizing and functioning of the Romanian Government and ministries, with subsequent amendments,

 

The Romanian Government adopts the present decision.

 

Art. 1. – The intervention Committee, an inter-ministerial committee, is established and acts in the event of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and petroleum products, due to natural disasters, industrial accidents or international circumstances and which would cause severe market disruptions.

 

Art. 2. – The intervention Committee draws up, in the event of crisis situation arising, an intervention plan which establishes the necessary measures to mitigate the effects of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and petroleum products.

 

Art. 3. – (1) The intervention Committee is made up of representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, the Ministry of Administration and Interior, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Transports, Constructions and Tourism, the Ministry of Public Finances, at the minister’s level, and of the National Administration of the State’s Reserves, at the president’s level.

               (2) The President of the intervention Committee is the state minister, the minister of the economy and commerce.

 

Art. 4. – The main tasks of the intervention Committee are as follows:

a)      to authorize the drawing on of crude oil or petroleum products quantities from the stocks made up in accordance to the Government’s Emergency Ordinance  no. 54/2002 regarding the setting up and the maintenance of the minimum safety stocks of crude oil and petroleum products, approved with amendments by the Law no. 677/2002;

b)      to impose partial or total restrictions on consumption of crude oil and/or petroleum products, depending on the estimated shortages, and to give priority to supplies of petroleum products to certain groups of users;

c)      to regulate the prices of the crude oil and petroleum products in order to prevent abnormal price rises.

 

Art. 5. – In order to implement the measures provided for in Article 2, the intervention Committee can forward them to be carried out by the prefect (head of the county administration).

 

Art. 6. – In order to establish the measures provided for in Article 2, the intervention Committee may request information from the central and local public authorities and institutions, as well as from any other legal person who carry out activities in the oil field and in related fields, who have the obligation to supply as soon as possible the requested information, as stipulated by the law.

 

Art. 7. – The President of the intervention Committee shall inform the European Commission of the structure and the attributions of the intervention Committee.

 

Art. 8. – The President of the intervention Committee shall notify to the European Commission the measures applied in order to mitigate the effects of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and/or petroleum products.

 

Art. 9. – The President of the intervention Committee shall appoint a representative, who shall participate, for Romania, in the group of delegates of the Member States of the European Union, convened and coordinated by the European Commission in the event of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and/or petroleum products.

 

Art. 10. – After Romania’s accession to the European Union, the intervention Committee will bring into force the provisions of the Directive no. 77/706/EEC on the setting of a Community target for a reduction in the consumption of primary sources of energy in the event of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and petroleum products.

 

Art. 11. – The present decision transposes into national legislation the Directive no. 73/238/EEC from 24 of July 1973 on measures to mitigate the effects of difficulties in the supply of crude oil and petroleum products, published in the Official Journal of the European Communities no. L228 on 16 of August 1973.

 

Art. 12. – The present decision is entering into force on October the 1st, 2005, with the exception of Articles 7, 8 and 9, which shall apply from the date of Romania’s accession to the European Union.

 

 

Bucharest, 16 of November 2004

No. 2004

 

Published in Official Journal of Romania no. 1129/30.11.2004.