Petition against the rising cost of electricity

Petition against the rising cost of electricity

Pristina, September 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Signatures are being collected in Kosovo for a petition against the rising cost of electricity.

The petition was drafted by the Coalition of Consumer Citizens, Unions and NGOs comprised of 70 non government and union subjects.

According to a press release, this action is currently taking place in nine communes, in Pristina, Mitrovica, Pec, Prizren, Djakovitza, Gjilan, Ferizaj, Obilic and Klina.

The aim of this petition is for the price of electricity to reflect the social and economic state of consumers and demand the removal of the members of the steering committee of the Energy Regulatory Body.

This petition demands the revocation of the decision of the Energy Body dating 29 August 2014, the amendment of the law on VAT, which was supposed to lift the 16% VAT on the power supply bills, it demands to parliament of Kosovo to annul its decision and that of the Independent Committee for Mines and Minerals for the 3 Euro rent per ton of charcoal exploited.

The petition also demands amendments in the law for the Energy Regulatory Body to be amended, in order to approve a new regulation for the way in which the price of power supply is estimated.

“Parliament of Kosovo must remove the members of the Energy Regulatory Body for ethical and legal violations and for not taking under consideration the social and economic state of consumers when introducing the new charges”, says the petition. /ibna/