News

Minister confirms delay in electricity market liberalization

Published

April 29, 2015

Comments

0

Share

Published:

April 29, 2015

Comments:

0

Share

The government remains on the decision to delay the electricity market liberalization, economy minister Bekim Neziri said, as quoted by MINA agency’s Macedoniaonline.eu portal.

“Full liberalization of the electricity market in Macedonia would lead to an increase in the household electricity price. Even the current prices are high for citizens, and therefore we remain on the decision over delay of the electricity market liberalization by 18 months. The ministry is analyzing the effects of the delay and we believe the decision is also supported by citizens,” he told reporters at the sidelines of the Macedonian-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce assembly.

Neziri: We remain on the decision over delay of the electricity market liberalization by 18 months.

According to him, the government had already responded to the communication from the European Energy Community (EC), which urges for continuation of the electricity market liberalization in Macedonia within two months. Neziri stressed that Macedonia currently has the most liberalized electricity market in the region. “Forty percent of the Macedonian electricity market is liberalized. No other Balkan country has liberalized more than ten percent of its market, some are not liberalized at all,” the minister underlined.

Two days earlier, the Energy Community Secretariat submitted a reasoned opinion as the next step in the dispute settlement case against the former Yugoslav republic. “Prohibiting consumers to choose their supplier is another manifestation of the current government’s deliberate policy of systematically refusing to accept the country’s obligations under the Energy Community Treaty and, consequently, EU law. This trend has recently become more and more visible and manifests itself in several open breaches of Energy Community law, including among others also the non-acceptance of a binding target for renewable energy and the failure to respect Second and Third Energy Package rules in the gas sector when cooperating with Russian partners,” its press release said. The current problems in the energy sector mirror other problems of the country, which is sinking into isolation, the statement said.

Related Articles

epcg new board of directors milutin djukanovic

EPCG gets new Board of Directors, Đukanović reelected as chairman

25 February 2024 - Shareholders of Montenegro's state-owned power utility EPCG elected the new board, reappointing Milutin Đukanović as chairman

lopare lithium petition protest ban

Lopare municipality demands from Republic of Srpska to reject lithium project

23 February 2024 - Head of the Municipality of Lopare Rado Savić has submitted a petition to the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska

Turkish company Zorlu Energy IPO renewables subsidiary

Turkish company Zorlu Energy initiates IPO of its renewables subsidiary

23 February 2024 - Zorlu Renewables, the largest geothermal power plant operator in Turkey, is preparing for a stock market debut

Veolia 430 MW gas power plant Hungary Uniper

Veolia buys 430 MW gas power plant in Hungary from Uniper

23 February 2024 - By buying the Gönyű gas-fired power plant in Hungary from Uniper, Veolia is strengthening its flexible energy portfolio