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The Energy Regulatory Office (ERO) expresses deep concerns in relation with the handling of licensing process of the hydro power plants, through successive articles published in the daily newspaper Koha Ditore on 25, 28 and 29 July 2019
 
Energy Regulatory Office, as the only institution in the country to license activities in the Energy Sector, wants to clarify to the broad public that the process of issuance of licenses from ERO is a process based on energy laws and ERO’s secondary legislation.
 
It is important to emphasize that the European Union (EU) Directive 2009/28/EC sets the support for consumption of electricity from RES, which is applicable and implemented in member countries of Energy Community, where the Republic of Kosovo is a member as well. Upon Decision no. D/2012/04 / MC-EnC of the Council of Ministers of Energy Community, a mandatory RES target was set for Kosovo, which had to be fulfilled by 2020. Under this target, 25% of final energy consumption should be energy from RES. These obligations have also become part of Kosovo’s legislation, namely Law no.05/L-081. In order to implement RES policies, the relevant Ministry, according to the legislation in force, has set through a specific sub-legal act, the targets for RES energy production, in line with the requirements of the relevant EU directive.
 
Based on what was stated above, and according to the authority granted by Article 9, paragraph 1, subparagraph 1.7, Article 15, paragraph 1, subparagraph 1.15, Article 38 and Article 43 of the Law on Energy Regulator Nr. 05 / L-084, ERO Board, following a transparent process and in consultation with all interested parties has adopted the Rule on Licensing of Activities in Energy Sector.

Statements which tend to imply illegality of the licensing of “Lepenci 3” hydropower plant are ungrounded and malicious therefore ERO finds them unacceptable and tendentious. ERO encourages anyone that before attempting to smear the institution of ERO, they shall first analyse properly the legal and regulatory framework, and in case any legal violations are found, to address them to the relevant institutions.
What remains worrisome is the tendency to denigrate this independent institution, the tendency to intimidate domestic and foreign investors without any facts or arguments. Such actions do not work on the interest of the country or the development of this sector.

Freedom to inform the public should not be misused as freedom to misinform the public, especially by important media institutions that claim objectivity and impartiality of information.

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