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In the north the current is half as cheap

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The flat-rate payment for electricity that has been set for the citizens of the four Serbian-majority municipalities in the north is being considered discriminatory for the rest of Kosovo's citizens by the Council for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms. On average, a household consumer in Kosovo pays 50 euros per month, while in the north 21 euros and 60 cents will be paid. Serbian and Albanian citizens in the northern part have different attitudes regarding the beginning of electricity payment

The flat-rate electricity bills in the amount of 21 euros and 60 cents, which will go to the citizens in the four northern municipalities inhabited mainly by Serbs, have been assessed as discriminatory for the rest of the citizens in Kosovo.

In the "Elektrosever" company, they did not provide any clarifications on how the amount of about 21.6 euros was calculated and determined in the bills of electricity consumers in the north.

And in the rest of the country, according to an announcement by KESCO, from last December, the average bill for domestic consumers reaches an average value of 50 euros per month.

The difference in bills for citizens of a country, according to the Council for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms, constitutes discrimination on ethnic grounds.

"This is a continuation of ethnic discrimination. It is discrimination, because citizens outside the northern municipalities pay up to 300 euros for the electricity they spend, while those in the north spend without control and to pay only 21 euros and 60 cents a month is a flagrant violation of human rights. The institutions have not shown even the slightest will to create some equality between citizens who are regular payers and those who do not pay electricity at all", said Behxhet Shala, chairman of the Council for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms.

This week, "Elektrosever" announced that it has started the distribution of bills for the month of February, but many citizens in several neighborhoods of North Mitrovica said that they still have not received them.

The distribution of invoices was not even confirmed by the employees of "Elektrosever".

"I don't know about faith," said one of them.

Even though they said that they did not receive the bills, the Serbian citizens emphasized that they will pay for the electricity used.

"Well... when the bill comes, everyone, including me, will pay it. Yes, why not", said a Serbian citizen.

"When the bill comes I will pay it. I don't know what the value is, I don't care. Even the flat rate doesn't know how much it is", said another.

"We are ordinary citizens and it is normal, as it was before the war, it should be now because we are spending that energy", said a northern Serb.

E, a Serbian citizen from this part, connected the payment of the bill with the dinar issue.

"If you give us dinars, then we will pay," she said.

Meanwhile, some of the Albanian citizens living in this part expressed reservations.

"If they come to you, do you have a salary?" Without having a valid document, no", said one of the Albanian citizens.

"Do you know when? Never, I don't intend to. With being in the budget of Kosovo, yes", said another.

"Elektrosever" has started billing with electricity since January, but for this month the distribution of bills has not been done.

Elektrosever Company did not provide answers to the questions about why the invoice for the month of January was not distributed, who will cover the cost of January's expenses and how long the lump sum payment will last.

For the 20 consumers that KEDS has confirmed that they have been charged, the total amount of January bills, with a flat rate of 21 euros and 60 cents, would be 432 euros.

Neither KEDS nor KOSTT gave answers to the questions of KOŠA about the responsibilities of covering this cost.