President Demands New Energy Supply Routes for Croatia

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ZAGREB, January 29, 2019 – President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said on Tuesday that a new energy strategy should contribute to Croatia’s energy development and reduction of the country’s dependence on the import of energy products and the introduction of new energy supply routes.

To this end, a decline in domestic production should be halted and alternative supply routes should be developed, the president said at the beginning of the conference titled “Towards a New Energy Strategy” organised in Zagreb by the Jutarnji List daily newspaper.

She called for more intensified use of the benefits of Croatia’s geographic position so as to accomplish the national energy policy’s goals: competitive and available energy and safe and secure provision.

The president underscored that management of energy sources and provision are essential conditions for sovereignty of every country. “A lack of large-scale investments in the energy sector since Croatia’s independence, has adversely affected some key economic and development parameters,” she said.

A future energy development strategy, which the president expects to be produced this year, should facilitate efforts to reach those goals.

She suggests that Croatia should integrate its energy infrastructure in the European Union’s energy infrastructure and the infrastructure of its closest neighbourhood with an emphasis on new gas networking, which includes new interconnections and the enlargement of the current ones plus a future LNG terminal on the Croatian island of Krk.

More news on the Croatian energy situation can be found in the Business section.


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