Energy agreement adopted: Elektrosever receives a supply license, KEDS and KOSTT access to Valac

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“Very pleased to announce that Kosovo and Serbia just adopted the Energy Agreements’ Implementation Roadmap in the framework of the EU-facilitated Dialogue,” EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak announced this morning.

According to the first point of this agreement, ERO will issue a supply license to Elektrosever.

Within seven days, Elektrosever will provide to KEDS and KOSTT the most recent data available on consumers, while within 30 days KEDS and KOSTT will have access to Valac.

Below we publish the full text of the signed agreement published by the EU representative, which does not show the signatures of the parties.

Lajcak also shared a photograph with the main negotiators of Belgrade and Pristina, Petar Petkovic and Besnik Bislimi.

In the meantime, Bislimi published the same text of the agreement on his Twitter account.

“We finally adopted the Implementation Roadmap on Energy Agreements of 2013 and 2015. This enables billing of electricity in 4 Northern Municipalities of Kosova, under Kosova laws and regulatory system,” Bislimi tweeted.

Energy Agreements’ Implementation Roadmap

In order to overcome the crisis and problems in energy sector, whereas taking note of the Arrangements ng Energy of 8 September 2013 (2013 Energy Agreement), and the Conclusions of the EU tor on the implementation of the 2013 Energy Agreement of 25 August 2015 („2015 Energy agreement“), the parties have agreed to the following Roadmap:
1. ERO will issue a supply license to Elektrosever. ERO will ensure compliance with the conditions set forth by the supply license, in accordance with Kosovo legal and regulatory framework
2. Within seven days of issuance of a supply license, Elektrosever will provide to KEDS and KOSTT the most recent data available on consumers, via the EU.
3. Within 10 days of issuance of a supply license, Elektrosever will sign the necessary technical agreements with KOSTT and KEDS in order to operate in the Kosovo’s energy market, i.e., the Framework Agreement on acceptance of Electricity market rules with KOSTT, the Agreement on Balance Liability with KOSTT, the Connection Agreement with KEDS, and a commercial agreement with KEDS to provide distribution services (billing, collection, maintenance and physical connection of new customers) in the four northern Serb majority municipalities, as per paragraph 1 of art. 5 of the 2013 Agreement.
4. Within 15 days of signing the necessary technical agreements with KOSTT, Elektrosever will obtain an Energy Identification Code (EIC) in order to perform activities foreseen by the supply license.
5. In accordance with Art. 14 of the 2015 Energy Agreement, within 30 days of issuance of a supply license, KEDS and KOSTT (under EU facilitation, if required) will have access to Valač/Vallaq sub-station, as well as to other transmission and distribution infrastructure.
6. Within 45 days of issuance of the supply license, KOSTT and KEDS, upon consulting with Elektrosever, will submit to ERO the investment plan and maintenance costs required and network losses, based on thorough consideration of the existing infrastructure.
7. Within 21 days after the submission of investment plan and maintenance costs required and network losses, ERO will approve in principle these plans, costs and losses.
8. In case of non-compliance with the provisions of these Agreed Conclusions after 100 days of the issuance of the supply license, ERO may decide to suspend and/or withdraw the supply license granted to Elektrosever, subject to prior consultation between the parties, facilitated by the EU, during a maximum period of 15 days. The EU will provide an expert opinion, if requested by at least one of the parties.
9. A successful implementation of the agreed roadmap is without prejudice to the Parties’ obligations to fully implement the Energy Agreements from 2013 and 2015

This is the second most important news in the energy field since the north was separated from the EMS control area and joined with the energy block system Kosovo – Albania (OST).

Since December of 2020, when the north was separated from the EMS control area, Kosovo has been paying the electricity bills in the north.

Until September 2013, the energy system in the north was disconnected from the Kosovo system. Electricity in the north, to Valac, came from Novi Pazar, through the distribution line from the direction of Raska, which supplies Lesak and the Trepca flotation, (it still supplies the latter even today, approximately 13%).

Electricity supply could physically come from the south only once Valac was reconnected – following the Brussels agreement on energy in September 2013.

A source familiar with the situation in the energy sector recently told KoSSev that EPS continued to supply, invoice, and cover the citizens’ bills.

For years now, Kosovo media have been claiming that Kosovo citizens are actually the ones covering the electricity costs of consumers from the north.

Without denying that citizens in the south (possibly) paid raised bills, or even that they were told that it was to cover the costs of consumers in the north, KoSSev’s source testified that this was „certainly not the case“ due to electricity consumption in the north „for the simple reason that this cost was borne by EPS until December last year.“

Since December two years ago, the energy system in northern Kosovo is no longer part of the control area of the Serbian EMS. Kosovo’s electricity transmission operator KOSTT has taken over the management of the electricity system in northern Kosovo as well. At that point, the possibility of conducting an internal exchange of electricity between JP EPS and KOSTT for the needs of supplying consumers in Kosovo ceased. However, the workers in Valac are still on the payroll of the Serbian electricity network.

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