Kosovo’s energy transmission operator is set to become independent from the regulatory block controlled by Serbia, after the European network of operators voted to establish a connection with it.
On Monday, 22 of the 42 operators of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) voted in favor of a connection agreement with the Kosovo Transmission System Operator (KOSTT).
This means that Kosovo doesn’t have to rely on Serbia-controlled regulatory block, of which it has been part of so far, consisting of Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
Kosovo hasn’t been unable to join ENTSO-E for many years, as a result of Serbia’s lobbying against the country’s membership in international organizations.
The ENTSO-E vote also opens the way for Kosovo and Albania to create a common energy bloc, following the agreement signed in December 2019.
Albania and Kosovo will now be able to exchange energy reserves, which is expected to result in €4 million in savings per year for Kosovo.