Petkovic: Serbia paid for every kW of electricity consumed in the north until 2021, it was its electricity

Serbia’s parallel structures in northern Kosovo are not allowing Serb citizens to pay for the electricity they are consuming, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said yesterday at a press conference on the Kosovo government’s decision to approve a request of the Energy Regulatory Office to increase electricity prices for consumers who consume more than 600 kWh of electricity.

On Wednesday, the imported electricity in Kosovo reached the value of 2.3 million euros and someone has to pay for it, Kurti said, accusing the previous governments of investment misuse in the energy sector but also the politicization of electricity issues in the north – along with „illegal structures from Serbia.”

Every kilowatt of electricity consumed all these years ago has been duly paid for, the head of the Kosovo Office, Petar Petkovic, said late last night in response to Kurti’s allegations.

„Saying that electricity in the north of Kosovo has allegedly not been paid for years is nothing but Prime Minister of Kosovo’s false thesis.“

„Until the beginning of 2021, official Belgrade and EPS paid for the electricity in four municipalities in the north of Kosovo via EMS transmission systems. It was the electricity of the Republic of Serbia, which Belgrade supplied to the north of Kosovo, from the moment Pristina physically interrupted the supply of electricity to the north a decade ago, which could have led to a humanitarian catastrophe,“ Petkovic said in a statement, referring to the period from 2008 to December of last year, when the north was removed from the EMS control area.

According to Petkovic, not only is Albin Kurti spreading lies, but this is also an already tried and tested mechanism to place the blame on Belgrade for all his problems and omissions.

The sole responsibility for the current unresolved situation on the ground lies with the Kosovo authorities, who persistently refuse to issue electricity supply license to „Elektrosever“, thus directly violating energy agreements reached in 2013 and 2015 within the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Petkovic reminded.

He emphasized that Pristina has also refused to discuss this topic during the last rounds of the Brussels dialogue – even though obtaining a supply license for the company „Elektrosever“ is of vital importance.

„Kurti obviously doesn’t want that. When it comes to energy, the matter is very clear, Pristina is deliberately creating a problem by delaying the issuance of a license to „Elektrosever“, which fulfilled all the necessary conditions as per the agreement a long time ago. Instead of respecting the signed agreements, Kurti is using cheap politics and the issue of energy stability in the north of Kosovo for a showdown with the institutions of the state of Serbia in Kosovo.“

Since December last year, 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 Trepca flotation, (it still supplies the latter even today, about 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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