The meeting of the Supervisory Board (NO) of Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS), where the new statute was discussed today, which foresees the transformation of that company into a joint-stock company, was interrupted, but will continue tomorrow,” said NO president Jovan Despotović for Beta.
“I adjourned the session and it will continue tomorrow in order to adopt and incorporate the objections of management, the Supervisory Board and the union into the new statute,” Despotović said.
The president of the EPS Workers’ Union, Milan Djordjević, said that the union requests that the founding act, which would transform EPS into a joint-stock company, include the fact that the main activity of the new company will be the production and safe supply of electricity to the domestic market.
The proposal of the Ministry of Mining and Energy, as he said, was that EPS should deal only with the production of electricity, and not deal with trade. This could, as he said, create problems in the supply of domestic consumers when a carbon tax is introduced in 2026 for environmental pollution due to the production of electricity from fossil fuels.
Then, according to him, traders would be able to determine the price of electricity. He pointed out that the union is advocating that the price of electricity remains a social category.
Djordjević said that the second basic demand of the trade union is that in the bicameral management of EPS, the Assembly should be made up of three to five members, not one, and that it should be a relevant minister.
“With whom a man can consult about the decisions he makes. Such a solution does not exist anywhere,” said Djordjević.
He said that the trade union has some other demands, and one of them is that electricity be a commodity of general interest, but that discussions will continue on this matter and that the relevant laws need to be amended.
Union representatives attended today’s NO session and presented their demands and left before the end under the threat of calling the employees to a general strike if their demands were not adopted.