Despotovski: Steam should become cheaper as a result of the gas plant

Jovan Despotovski - Director of TIRZ / Photo: "Sloboden Pechat" / Dragan Mitreski

Jovan Despotovski, the head of the Directorate for Technological-Industrial Development Zones in an interview with "Faktor" says that by granting the status of a strategic investor to Greek Mytileneos, the interests of the state will not be harmed, but on the contrary, as he says, the citizens they will get lower bills for electricity, as well as for heating, by as much as 40 percent, and the people of Skopje will finally start breathing cleaner air.

- The agreement with "Mytilineos" was not prepared overnight. It is a comprehensive process that began more than three years ago with a public call open equally to domestic and foreign entities. More than a dozen state institutions were involved in the process of talks that lasted more than two years. And everyone had the opportunity to contribute to the creation of the Law on Strategic Investments. In addition, these projects were considered by the Energy Council of the Government, chaired by the Prime Minister. We are talking about at least a hundred people who at different stages of the process have analyzed and given their opinion on these documents. Knowing that, there can be no question of projects, that is, investments that were negotiated privately. In addition, the essence of the Law on Strategic Investments foresees a debate in the Assembly which only says that for such projects the goal of the Government was to ensure the contribution of the general public and all political structures represented in the Assembly. After all, the goal of the projects to ensure long-term energy independence for the citizens and the state justifies such a broad approach - claims Despotovski.

Regarding your question, I will say that I personally respect them a lot and have excellent cooperation with the Minister of Economy Bekteshi and the Vice Prime Minister Bitici. And I want to believe that there is no ill will on either side. Both as a Government and as political parties, we have shown that we do not shy away from open discussion, although not always opening issues to the public instead of the Government and institutions leaves a positive impression on the same public. In the end, I expect that the significance of this project for all current and future generations of citizens will prevail among all parties, says Despotovski.

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