RESOLVING SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES OF ENERGY MARKET OPENING ...
Belgrade, October 23, 2009 – The Government of the Republic of Serbia has (at the session held on October 9, 2009) adopted the “Roadmap for Resolving Social Consequences in the Energy Community” with its main goal to define methods and activities in conformity with the Energy Community Treaty (signed in Athens in 2005) to resolve this important segment which the signatories are bound by the Treaty to deal with.
By signing the Energy Community Treaty, the process enabling full and unconditional participation of South-East European countries on the EU internal energy market has started. The Treaty shall significantly improve competition on the energy market and lead to securing necessary investments, which is not possible without a more efficient performance of energy companies in conditions of market liberalization and in an environment where energy prices often do not even cover production costs.
One of the participants in the preparation and implementation of this Roadmap is the Energy Agency of the Republic of Serbia (AERS), an independent authority whose goals are, amongst others, to improve the energy market development on the basis of non-discrimination and efficient competition, and to ensure energy customer protection.
Under the implementation of the Treaty, signatories (among which is also Serbia) and the European Commission have recognized the need that, by defining the Roadmap program, social consequences of the implementation of the above mentioned Treaty – primarily protection of socially endangered energy customers – must be identified and taken under consideration.
The Roadmap consists of a number of activities relating to this area with precisely defined stakeholders and deadlines.
One of the conclusions made by participants in the preparation of this Roadmap was that the proposed measures should include financial assistance for a predefined socially endangered category of energy customers, improvement of energy efficiency, control of consumption, limitation of disconnections of particular consumer groups, enhancement of energy entities’ social responsibility, and communicating information to socially endangered groups.