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Detail – Energy Country Profile

Southeastern European countries are poorly integrated with the rest of Europe

The EU countries Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as aspiring EU members Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina could largely be seen as a vast energy island

Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič initiated the orientation debate on energy islands in Southeastern European countries. Power utilities act as monopolies and dictate prices. As a result power plants are aged, investments would be needed for the renovation, otherwise a part of the power capacity has to be closed.

As an example, it is suspected that in Romania an important percentage of the population (20% to 30%) are not able to heat their homes adequately.

The Commission envisages the creation of particular energy forums in order to stop the particular vulnerability of the Central and Southeastern parts of Europe.

Source: News 9 February 2015