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Romania aims to rapidly develop the battery industry by committing to the training and retraining of 20,000 workers

Romania signed today a Memorandum of Understanding with EIT InnoEnergy for the development of the batteries sector, including retraining and further development of talent, with the aim of achieving European and national climate and circular economy targets. 

Romania and EIT InnoEnergy sign Memorandum of Understanding

Romania, through the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Education signed today a Memorandum of Understanding with EIT InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an institution of the European Union. The aim is to accelerate Romania’s involvement in the European battery value chain through several initiatives coordinated by EIT InnoEnergy. 

Romania and EIT InnoEnergy will work together to develop and implement a national battery strategy, perfectly aligned to the needs and opportunities of the European value chain. It will establish and activate the Romanian battery ecosystem, promoting its accelerated development. 

To overcome the existing skills gap in the battery sector, the MoU outlines a commitment to create a new training and education network that will upskill or retrain around 20,000 people in this field over the next four years. The European Battery Alliance Academy (EBA) – a benchmark programme designed to upskill the workforce across the European battery value chain – will be launched in Romania, with a particular focus on regions benefiting from the European Fund for a Just Transition (Dolj, Gorj, Mureș, Hunedoara, Prahova and Galați). In addition, partnerships will be formed with several Romanian universities to introduce new bachelor and master programmes for students. 

Read the full press release.