Varhelji visited key energy and environmental projects

According to Varhelji, energy security and sustainable energy production from renewable sources are clear goals of EU energy policy

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The European Union (EU) expects the Government of Montenegro to quickly proceed with the adoption of the spatial plan, which will enable the completion of the domestic energy network and connection with the Serbian network by 2027, said the Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelji.

As reported by the European House, Varhelji began his visit to Montenegro with a tour of two key infrastructure projects financed by the EU - the Lastva transformer plant and the Tivat/Kotor wastewater treatment plant.

The Lastva transformer plant is a key part of the Montenegrin section of the Trans-Balkan Electricity Corridor, in which the EU has invested around 120 million euros through grants and soft loans.

According to Varhelji, energy security and sustainable energy production from renewable sources are clear goals of EU energy policy.

"The power plant we visited today is an important example and part of a much bigger picture, supported by EU institutions and member states through the Team Europe approach," said Varhelji.

As reported, he expressed support for the EU's Montenegrin commitment to further strengthening the national energy network, along with the gradual but clear closure of the Pljevlja Thermal Power Plant (TEP).

"The EU expects the Government of Montenegro to quickly proceed with the adoption of a spatial plan that will enable the completion of the domestic energy network and connection to the Serbian network by 2027," said Varhelji.

He also visited the Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is supported by EU funds, as a key facility for environmental protection and tourism in the coastal municipalities of Tivat and Kotor.

Varhelji said that environmental protection - ensuring clean water, air and efficient collection and recycling of waste are essential for the well-being of the citizens of Montenegro.

"Also, it is an important driver of economic growth and tourism in Montenegro, and a key element of Montenegro's EU accession process," said Varhelji.

He reminded that EU support for environmental protection is represented throughout the country, citing the new wastewater treatment system for the Capital as the most significant example.

Varhelji emphasized that the new plant in Podgorica will bring significant benefits not only to the residents of the capital city, but also to the Skadar Lake region, as well as to the coastal region.

"He highlighted the long-standing support that the EU provides to Montenegro in terms of capacity building and investments in the energy and environment sectors, confirming the EU's commitment to provide assistance through the accession process and beyond," the statement said.

It is stated that later today, Varhelji will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Milojko Spajić, to discuss priority reforms for the fulfillment of temporary benchmarks within the chapter on the rule of law.

"Tomorrow, Varhelji will participate, together with the leaders of the Western Balkans, in the third regional summit on the Growth Plan for the Western Balkans in Kotor," the announcement added.

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