Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski attended the ground breaking ceremony today of a power line that is supposed to link Macedonia with Albania. The line will cost 17.2 million EUR and work will later include expanding the Bitola relay station, which connects Macedonians main – and struggling – coal generating capacity.

Albania is the last country we are not interconnected with. This completes the process of our energy connections. we already have five such links, twowith Greece and one each with Serbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria, Kovacevski said.

Kovacevski insisted that during the energy crisis, Macedonia has seen the smaller electricity price increase in the region – after the Government decided to hide the cost by funding energy imports directly from the public budget and not through the monthly energy bills.