site.btaUPDATED Energy Minister: Territorial Just Transition Plans Have Been Submitted to European Commission
Energy Minister Rumen Radev said Saturday that the Territorial Just Transition Plans (TJTPs) have been submitted to the European Commission. He held a four-hour meeting with management representatives of the Maritsa East 2 thermal power plant and the Mines Maritsa East coal mining company, while trade union representatives declined the minister's invitation to talks.
The meeting was on the occasion of protests of energy workers and miners against the submission of the TJTPs to the European Commission. Protesters demand revisions in fear of losing their jobs.
Radev emphasized the importance of dialogue in the situation and pointed out that the submission is only the beginning of the negotiations with Brussels and does not prejudge the decisions.
The energy minister expressed readiness to go to the protesters blocking the Trakia motorway.
The main focus of the meeting was "to make sure that all the actions that are being taken and planned as steps going forward inevitably ensure the security of the power system and the power generation for the country", Radev noted. He stressed that all the actions that need to be done in preparation for the winter period have been taken.
Regarding the energy transition, he said that it is high time for action, talks are insufficient at the moment, and transition cannot suddenly happen.
Earlier in the day, trade unions refused to meet with him at his invitation, but invited him for a meeting at the protest on the Trakia motorway cloverleaf interchange.