The Government of Serbia must find a solution for the enormous increase in the price of electricity, because if it does not do that, companies that are large consumers will be shut down, said today the honorary president of the Union of Employers of Serbia, Nebojsa Atanackovic.
He said that the problem of increasing energy prices would be discussed at the session of the Social and Economic Council on Wednesday, October 20, and that the association of businessmen demanded that they be protected from rising prices, not only of electricity, but also of preventing diesel fuel prices. because carriers are also endangered.
“Until about two weeks ago, a liter of diesel cost around 151 dinars per liter, and now it is around 175 dinars, which makes it difficult for transport companies to do business,” Atanackovic said.
The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, announced a few days ago that a working group would be formed to propose measures to mitigate the consequences of rising energy prices, whose prices began to rise significantly in July this year, so electricity prices rose more than 100 percent is more than 200 percent more expensive.
The owner of the hotel “Panorama” in Nis, Jovica Denic, said that he belongs to commercial consumers because he consumes more than 2,500 kilowatts per month and that he contracts delivery in advance, and that the contract with the supplier expired in July and that he was informed that 33.7 percent.
As he said, that increased the monthly bill from around 100,000 dinars to 132,000 dinars, so a hotel with a total of eight rooms and suites has a daily electricity cost of 4,500 dinars, ie the income from renting out one room a day must be redirected to cover electricity costs.
“We pay a kilowatt of electricity in a cheaper night tariff of around 11 dinars, and in the daily tariff of 17 dinars, and that makes business very difficult, it almost makes it impossible,” said Denić.
The technical director of the Serbian electricity exchange Sepex (SEEPEX), Dejan Stojčevski, estimated that a solution must be found in Serbia so that the economy can withstand a large increase in the price of electricity.
He said that the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) recommended that in order to reduce the burden on the economy, the reduction of various fees and taxes, which make a significant item in the formation of the price of electricity for consumers, be considered.
“In Serbia, there are two possibilities for protecting the economy from that cost, one is to reduce taxes, and the other is to determine the upper maximum wholesale price of electricity while the crisis lasts,” Stojcevski said.
He added that the failure of the economy was not to contract long-term electricity supply in March or April, and the reason why it should have done so was that price trends indicated that it was the cheapest in that period.
“No one could have predicted such an increase in the price of electricity, which was caused by artificial means, the increase in the price of gas in Europe, and which spilled over to Serbia. .
He estimated that the price of electricity, without other costs that will be included in the final price for consumers in the next few years, will certainly be higher by about 50 percent compared to the price from the pre-period period, due to higher carbon dioxide emissions tax.