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30.04.2015 10:21
FYROM to Delay Electricity Market Liberalization
Macedonian energy minister said that full liberalisation would lead to higher cost for househols which are currently struggling with power bills

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The government of FYROM insists on delaying the electricity market liberalization, said Economy Minister Bekim Neziri on Wednesday.

"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", Neziri told reporters at the sidelines of the Macedonian-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce assembly.

According to him, the Government has 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. The gradual full liberalisation of the country's electricity market has already been pushed ahead in time on several occasions, being last set for July 1, 2016, for companies which report more than 1000 MWh power consumption in 2015.

Neziri stressed that Macedonia currently has the most liberalized electricity market in the region, reported.

TAGS: Macedonia | FYROM | power | energy | electricity | market | liberalisation | power market liberalisation | households | electricity prices | Bulgaria | Macedonian-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce 

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