The Energy Community Secretariat on Thursday warned the Serbian authorities that they have failed to implement its Large Combustion Plants Directive of January 1, 2018 which limits emissions from combustion plants.
The Secretariat said that it sent an Opening Letter initiating a preliminary procedure to allow Serbia to respond to the allegations that it was not complying with Energy Community law and enable the Secretariat to establish the full background of the case.
The letter said that the Serbian authorities have to do one of two things – comply with the emission limit values for SO2, NOx and dust at individual plant level or implement a National Emission Reduction Plan (NERP). “Every plant must be covered by either of the two options. Out of the sixteen existing large combustion plants in Serbia, nine are under the scope of the dispute settlement case,” the letter said.
The Mining and Energy Ministry responded to the letter saying that the Serbian power company EPS and others were absolutely in line with the measures in the NERP, adding that adopting of the plan is within the competencies of the Environment Ministry.
It recalled that Serbia’s draft NERP was approved in 2016 but was not adopted even though the Secretariat repeatedly called the authorities to do that.
“The Secretariat takes the view that in the absence of a legally binding NERP, the existing large combustion plants in Serbia have to comply with the emission limit values of the Directive at individual level. This is not the case for the nine plants concerned,” the letter said.