Pristina, 11 September 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Energy in Kosovo is expensive, inefficient and polluting. This is said by the minister of Economy, Blerand Stavileci, who announced the approval of the bill on the creation of the Fund for Efficiency in Kosovo.
Stavileci says that this fund may create 11, 851 new jobs.
“The funding of efficient projects and other measures that will be taken, not only will reduce production of energy and consumption, but they will also contribute in the reduction of electricity bills, because consumers will spend less energy”, he says.
Bisar Azemi, coordinator of the Kosovo Consortium of the Civic Society Organizations for Sustainable Development, says that benefits from investments in energy efficiency will be numerous, starting by positive impact in economic development, the creation of new jobs, protection of environment, etc.
Meanwhile, experts on European affairs say that Kosovo along with international institutions, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, must invest in efficient and renewable energy.
Professor of European Law, Llokman Mirtezani told IBNA that Kosovo must work more in order to reach European standards as far as the creation of new energy capacities and growth of efficiency in the consumption of energy and protection of environment are concerned.
“We must stress that such projects are being implemented in other countries of the European Union too. Policies of cohesion or EU structural funds are helping in the improvement of policies for energy efficient solutions. The implementation of these projects in Kosovo will be a great achievement”, Mirtezani says.
Meanwhile, professor of European Law, Muhamer Pajaziti told IBNA that the development of policies for energy renewal is very important for the citizens of Kosovo, who live in a polluted environment.
“Renewable energy is energy which is renewed fast with the help of natural processes. The sources of renewed energy are the sun, wind, water, geothermal energy or biomass. The advantage of these sources is that they are unlimited and their exploitation doesn’t pollute environment. This is very important for Kosovo, which wants to reach European standards and join the European family as soon as possible”, Pajaziti says. /ibna/