Joint working group of Serbia, Albania, Northern Macedonia for energy cooperation

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Minister of Mining and Energy Zorana Mihajlovic announced in Tirana that the relevant ministers from Northern Macedonia and Albania accepted Serbia’s initiative to form a joint working group for cooperation in the energy crisis and on strategic projects.

Mihajlovic, who spoke on the panel on energy security at the meeting of the Crisis Mitigation Group as part of the “Open Balkans” initiative, said that for the energy security of the region in the conditions of the national crisis, a community is needed for cooperation.

She said that there is no reason not to talk about connecting the market and joint balancing, which is needed in all countries of the region.

According to her, we will start working within the working group from next week and that we will present a proposal for joint investments to the presidents, that is, the prime ministers of our countries.

Mihajlovic reminded that Serbia has passed new laws in the field of energy, most of the by-laws, the drafting of strategic documents is nearing completion and it has a new investment plan.

The construction of gas interconnections with Bulgaria is underway, which will enable the diversification of supply sources, and we plan to connect with other neighbours as well, primarily Northern Macedonia and Romania, she said.

At the same time, we are interested in the possibilities of better cooperation and connection with Albania, when it comes to the planned LNG terminal, as well as for better connection in the region when it comes to the high-voltage network. All these interconnections enable greater energy stability not only for Serbia, but also for the region, the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Source: Serbian Government