Serbian Mining and Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic stated on Sept. 22 that the electricity saving recommendations had been presented to the ministries and that there had been no objections.
"Anyone had the opportunity to declare concerns in their respective fields, but none of the ministries have made any objections. The ministries and public institutions are supposed to make their own plans," Mihajlovic said in a media statement before the start of the conference titled "How To Consume Less Electricity in Serbia This Winter?"
She reiterated that institutions such as medical centers, hospitals, nurseries, schools and retirement homes were exempt from the heat energy saving rules.
Mihajlovic has stressed that measures were not being implemented to avoid electricity restrictions, but in order for the state to spend less money on importing electricity. "In the past few days, we imported one percent of the required electricity, which is not much; in the previous days, however, we imported four, 11 and 12 percent. From October last year to September this year, Serbia spent 1.1 billion euros on importing electricity," Mihajlovic has stated.