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KOPAC SAYS THERE WILL BE SANCTIONS AGAINST MACEDONIA UNLESS GA-MA DISPUTE IS RESOLVED AND THIRD ENERGY PACKAGE IS IMPLEMENTED.

In an interview for Telma, Janez Kopac, Director of the Energy Community's Secretariat, says that Macedonia had to implement the Third Energy Package in 2015 and the separation of the transmission system operator had to be completed by 1 July 2016, which means Macedonia is four years late.

"We could begin a misdemeanor procedure against Macedonia. We could have done it earlier but we didn't want because we waited for the problem to be resolved. Sadly, it isn't. We are going to wait for a while longer but you need to know that except Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, this problem has been sorted out everywhere else," Kopac says.

He also says that launching such a procedure would be bad for the image of the country bearing in mind its European integration ambition and could also threaten the grant for Macedonia's energy connection to Greece.

"The Western Balkans Investment gave 12 million euros for the project but its implementation cannot begin before a certified operator of the transmission system is secured," Kopac says.

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Title Annotation:BUSINESS NEWS
Publication:INFOMAC Daily News Service
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Date:Jan 31, 2020
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