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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 19:30

Positive assessment from EC to Serbia for energy field

Head of the Serbian Negotiating Team for accession talks with the EU Tanja Miscevic announced on September 7 that Serbia will receive a positive assessment of its advancement in the field of energy in a new report by the European Commission (EC) on country progress in the EU accession process, which should be released in early October, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press service of the Government of Serbia.

Speaking at a press conference on the impact of the EU energy and climate policy on the oil economy of the region held in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Miscevic said that the energy sector is defined in Chapter 15 of the negotiations between Serbia and EU, and stressed that this chapter is closely linked to Chapter 27, which relates to environmental protection and climate change.

She said that Serbia has been advised strongly that these are the areas that need special attention because of their potential and importance for the economic development of the country.

The Head of the Negotiating Team pointed out that the region of Southeast Europe, when it comes to the establishment of the Energy Union, must not be ignored in talks with the EU.

Miscevic confirmed that a document for Chapter 15 is being prepared, but also pointed to the fact that countries first receive the criteria for opening negotiations, after which they elaborate action plans.

These criteria require Serbia to work on the separation of activities in the gas sector and the establishment of mandatory oil reserves for a period of up to 90 days, she explained.

Deputy Director of the Secretariat-General of the Energy Community Dirk Buschle said that the Western Balkans region is part of the European house and that is completely integrated into the EU in terms of energy.

Buschle noted that Serbia is a leading country in the Energy Community in many aspects, especially when it comes to the organisation of the electricity market.

He underlined that Serbia had passed regulations that are in line with requirements of the Energy Community even before the deadline, which even some EU members were not able to.

This in parts includes the oil sector too, but Serbia still needs to work a lot on reducing the emission of hazardous gases from oil plants, and on increasing the use of biofuels, Buschle pointed out.

Assistant Minister of Mining and Energy Jelena Simovic recalled that Serbia passed a new Energy Law late last year, and said that a new energy development strategy has been prepared which envisages harmonisation of Serbia’s objectives with the energy and climate policy of the EU.

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