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28.11.2005., Sijka Pistolova
Tomaz Oresic, member of the Management of Elektro Maribor d.d. and chair of the European Conference ENERGIJA 05
IN AN OPEN MARKET, ONLY THE BEST PROFIT
In Ljubljana recently, the First International Conference on Electricity Distribution and the Electric Power Market was held. Tomaz Oresic, chairing the meeting, tells Energyobserver about Slovenia’s motives for organising and hosting the conference. Oresic points out the advantages of liberalization, but also indicates the unpredictable nature of markets, to which electricity consumers should be prepared. continue

14.11.2005., Sijka Pistolova
Pande Lazarov, general director of Makedonske Elktrane (the Power plants of Macedonia) (ELEM)
PRIVATIZATION IS A NECESSITY
By the end of November there will be an invitation for tenders for the sale of the distributive part of the electric power company of Macedonia – confirmed Pande Lazarov, general director of Makedonske elektrane (ELEM) for the Energyobserver website. In an exclusive interview for Energyobserver, Lazarov explains the process of restructuring the former vertically integrated company Elektroprivreda Makedonije (ESM), and talks about the good and bad points of the upcoming partial privatization of that public company. continue

10.10.2005., Sijka Pistolova
Dubravko Corak, President of the Trade unions of Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (Electric Power Company of Croatia)
ON A REFERENDUM TO DECIDE FOR OR AGAINST PRIVATIZATION
On 25th October 2005, an agreement on the electricity and gas markets in the region of South East Europe is to be signed. The European energy trade unions, however, are not satisfied with the impact of the agreement on the organization of electric power companies in the states which form that market. Dubravko Corak, President of the trade union of Hrvatska Elektroprivreda, in an exclusive interview for Energyobserver, talks about the disadvantages of the agreement, and about the dangers of the future privatization of the electricity sector in the region. continue

19.09.2005., Sijka Pistolova
Predrag Biukovic, Assistant manager of Energy Financing Team
UNIFIED MARKET OF DESIRES AND POSSIBILITIES
In signing the energy contract in October, the countries of South Eastern Europe will make a big step towards the creation of a regional energy market that will be integrated into the market of the EU. The national laws on issues from the energy sector of particular countries will be harmonized with the laws of the Union, whilst the quantitative restrictions on import will be removed, and customs duties will be abolished. In that way, mutual trade in electricity and gas will be possible, as well as trade with any member of the EU by the rules of acquis communautaire. Predrag Biukovic, assistant manager of the Energy Financing Team (www.eft-group.net), tells Energyobserver about initial obstacles to the realization of this integrative idea of the European Union. continue

05.09.2005., Sijka Pistolova
Janez Lotric, President of the management board of Slovenian Petrol
WE ARE INTERESTED IN NIS
Slovenian Petrol has about 300 points of sale in Slovenia, but is also present on the Croatian market, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina where it has 30 points of sale. Janez Lotric, president of the management board of Slovenian Petrol, in an exclusive interview for Energyobserver, confirmed that the company is interested in being one of the strategic partners of Naftna Industrija Srbije. Lotric also confirmed that the company is interested in expansion in this region. continue

29.08.2005., Sijka Pistolova
Borislav Radosavljevic, General Director of OMV Yugoslavia d.o.o.
WE ARE CONTINUING EXPANSION IN THE REGION
Austrian company OMV has recently become the oil and gas leader in the region of central and south-eastern Europe. Borislav Radosavljevic, General Director of OMV Yugoslavia d.o.o. tells us, in an exclusive interview for Energyobserver, about the purchase of Romanian Petrom, and about their plans in the region and in the Serbian market. continue

22.08.2005., Sijka Pistolova
Doc. Dr Sladjana Teseva, the first President and member of the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption and Chief Executive of Transparentnost Makedonija
IRREGULARITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW?
In Macedonia, the process of privatising the energy sector is gaining momentum. The Macedonian Government and its ministers and officials persistently favour “agreements in private”, with the explanation that they are a real magnet for foreign investors, who until now have avoided the republic as a region of high risk. The Macedonian public, however, think differently, and are sending the message to the Government that Macedonia does not need the type of investors who avoid tenders like the plague. Currently on the citizens` side, there is only the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the non-governmental sector, yet the Macedonian Government still insists on doing things its own way. Doc. Dr Sladjana Taseva, Director of the Police Academy in Skopje, talks about some identified irregularities and possible malversations in the privatisation of the Macedonian energy sector. Taseva is also the first president and a member of the State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption and Chief Executive of Transparentnost Makedonija. continue

15.08.2005.
Damjan Stanek, General Director of the Slovenian power exchange
STOCK EXCHANGE TO BRING CHEAPER ELECTRICITY
The liberalisation of the electricity market, i.e. the opening of country borders and the exposure of one’s own companies to foreign competition, is a reality that is yet to come to most countries in the region, Serbia and Montenegro included. Slovenia however, already opened its market four years ago. Damjan Stanek, Director of the Slovenian power exchange "Borzen", tells Energyobserver about Slovenia’s experiences with the liberalisation of the electricity market and about the creation of a regional exchange that can make this process more useful for large and small electricity consumers. continue

08.08.2005., Sijka Pistolova
Damjan Stanek, General Director of the Slovenian power exchange
STOCK EXCHANGE TO BRING CHEAPER ELECTRICITY
The liberalisation of the electricity market, i.e. the opening of country borders and the exposure of one’s own companies to foreign competition, is a reality that is yet to come to most countries in the region, Serbia and Montenegro included. Slovenia however, already opened its market four years ago. Damjan Stanek, Director of the Slovenian power exchange "Borzen", tells Energyobserver about Slovenia’s experiences with the liberalisation of the electricity market and about the creation of a regional exchange that can make this process more useful for large and small electricity consumers. continue

25.07.2005., Aleksandar Bojadziev
Vlado Petrovski, Managing Director of the Public company “GAMA”, Skopje
GAS PIPELINE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OWNERSHIP ROWS
Eight years ago, when the first Russian natural gas was brought to Macedonia, the construction of the gas pipeline was proclaimed to be a facility of top priority, necessary to make the future of energy easier and to make it cheaper. However, because of the unsolved ownership relations between the private company Makpetrol and the state (which through its company GAMA insists on majority ownership), endless rows are transported by gas pipeline, instead of profit. And investors, mostly from Russia, are persistently waiting for the ownership knot to be cut as they could invest about $500 million in its full construction. Vlado Petrovski, Managing Director of the Public company GAMA, who is one of the protagonists in this eight-year-old row explains to Energyobserver. continue

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