“You heard (power provider) HEP’s clear statement that this is not being considered by the end of the year,” he told Davor Dretar of the opposition Homeland Movement, who asked if electricity prices for households would go up this autumn.
Dario Zurovec of the opposition Fokus asked if arise was expected in a year’s time given the turbulence on the world market.
Milatić said that if prices were corrected next year, the corrections “will not be as in neighbouring markets.”
He said that if electricity prices continued to increase, some corrections would be inevitable, but added that Croatia was in a different position as 60% of the total energy production was renewable, with half of that from the hydro potential.
Household electricity prices won’t be raised for political reasons
Mirela Ahmetović of the opposition SDP said household electricity prices would not be raised for political reasons but that they would be for businesses and that this would affect households through more expensive goods.
She said Croatia imported almost 35% of electricity and that this made it dependent on galloping prices.
Milatić said Croatia was in a “good position” with regard to the price of electricity and would stay there.
Croatia ranks 26th among 33 European countries when it comes to household and 21st when it comes to corporate electricity prices, he said, adding that refunds for energy poor citizens would increase if the price of energy they could not pay went up.
He also said that significant funds were envisaged to co-finance the construction of charging stations for electric cars.
Milatić said Croatia had a number of power providers, with HEP’s companies holding 80% of the market. This is good, he said, as Croatia is not as affected by prices as some other countries.
MPs were debating an electricity market bill which envisages transition to clean energy and transposes an EU directive on common rules for the electricity market. One of its main novelties is that Croatian households will be able to buy electricity from a provider in any other EU member state and their citizens will be able to buy it from HEP.
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