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Winter Jitters Spur Firewood Cost Cap as Romania’s Poor Struggle

Romania capped firewood prices for six months to combat what it calls “artificial hikes” in an effort to protect about a third of the population that relies on it for heating during the approaching winter.  

The government approved an emergency decree setting a price ceiling for firewood at 400 lei ($80) per cubic meter and at 2,000 lei per ton of wood pellets. The decision comes months after price caps for gas and power bills were introduced to help citizens and companies cope with surging costs.