EU: Energy agreement roadmap stalling due to “technical aspects”

The roadmap for the implementation of the energy agreement, which should serve as a calendar for the implementation of the obligations of Kosovo and Serbia regarding the energy agreement signed in 2013, is not being implemented according to the deadlines that the parties themselves have signed.

The only fully implemented point is the first point of this roadmap signed in Brussels on June 21, for the Energy Regulatory Office to issue the supplied license to “Elektrosever”.

Asked about the delays, the EU spokesperson, Peter Stano, has said that the EU is closely following the activities of both parties in the energy roadmap in its capacity as a facilitator and guarantor of dialogue agreements. “Delays in the implementation of the Roadmap are due to technical aspects, which the EU has asked the parties to address without delay. The EU is offering instructions on how to address open questions,” he said. Stano further added that KOSTT, KEDS, and Elektrosever are in regular communication. “They also report regularly to the EU and the US.”

Asked what the sanctions are for the parties that do not follow the guidelines, Stano said that the EU is not an arbiter. “The final responsibility for the successful implementation of the Energy Agreements and the Roadmap belongs to the parties,” he said. According to him, the guide foresees every eventuality during its implementation.

According to the roadmap, in case of failure to act according to certain conditions after 100 days of issuing the license, ERO can decide to suspend or withdraw the license for “Elektrosever”, although there should be consultations with the parties, under the mediation of EU, before this decision, within a time limit of 15 days. The EU will then provide an expert opinion if requested by at least one party.