PM guarantees no power restriction in Serbia; Unbelievable EPS irresponsibility

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Source: FoNet/Vlada/Slobodan Miljević

Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Thursday she guaranteed there would not be any power restrictions despite the collapse of the power system during the recent snowstorms, adding the level of incompetence and irresponsibility in the country's power company, 'Elektropriveda Srbije' (EPS) was "unbelievable."

She spoke a day after Serbia’s ruling party official in charge of EPS decided to dismiss the staff members deemed responsible for the collapse.

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„I think the worst is behind us,“ Brnabic told reporters at the ceremony of launching a new e-Konsultacije (Consultations) website.

She added she did not know if the dismissal of the staff meant „the story about the responsibility in the company ended.“

Brnabic said the security services should check on what had happened because „it was unbelievable“ that six power stations were out of order simultaneously.

She added that EPS director Milorad Grcic fully understood the level of his responsibility for the energy system collapse.

Referring to the issue of Rio Tinto’s plan to mine lithium in western Serbia, Brnabic said the ‘Jadar’ project needed more transparency in relations with the local population, including those not directly affected by the mine.

„Whether there will be a mine is up to people and the environmental studies,“ she said, adding those were two conditions President Aleksandar Vucic mentioned earlier.

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