Ministry: Malicious reporting on major electricity and gas price hikes
The Ministry of Mining and Energy of Serbia has announced that electricity will increase in price by eight percent as of January 1, 2023, and of gas by 11 percent, and that the reporting by certain media outlets that the amounts of price increase are higher are malicious.
„On the occasion of inaccurate and malicious information in certain media, the Ministry of Mining and Energy recalls that the price of electricity will be adjusted by eight percent as of January 1, 2023, and the price of gas by 11 percent. Any misleading of citizens is unacceptable,“ the statement said.
When it comes to the price of electricity, as stated, it is not only affected by the price of consumed kilowatt hours, but also by a number of other items, which will remain unchanged.
The analysis of individual energy price items by zones and tariffs from the price list published in the Official Gazette is one thing, while the average price increase in percentage amounts is another, the Ministry stated.
It is added that the amount of eight percent, which is the average increase, includes the other items that have not been increased, such as the power demand.
“It is important to emphasize that the average increase is what citizens will receive in their bills. It is also clear that the average household bill will be increased by RSD 200-300,“ the Ministry stated.
„This time, once again, the state took care to maximally protect citizens from the burden of the energy crisis, which is why electricity and gas prices remain largely subsidized by the state and among the lowest in Europe,“ the ministry said.