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Serbia’s power company acting director resigns

January 12, 2021
Milorad Grcic, Serbia’s power EPS company acting CEO resigned on Wednesday, weeks after President Aleksandar Vuic advised him to leave the post following several incidents that crippled the country’s power supply.
In his letter to the state leadership published by the pro-regime media, Grcic accused Mining and Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic of the system failures.
“If Serbia allows people like Zorana Mihajlovic to lead the electric power system, the country will become nothing but misery,” Grcic reportedly wrote.
His successor has not been officially named.
In mid-December, Vucic warned the national power system had collapsed and that the companies’ bosses would be held accountable.
Speaking at a Government’s open session, Vucic called on Grcic, a ranking official of Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), to “react accordingly”. He told him to fix the problem and then go do something else.
A week later, Mihajlovic blamed EPS managers for the recent blackouts, claiming that they did not prepare properly for the winter, forcing the government to import instead of export electricity.
In the meantime, Grcic was reported to have tried to employ about 100 SNS members and managed to do that with half of them.
Serbia’s power grid suffered six incidents in less than a month, leaving thousands of people without electricity at some point.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/serbias-power-company-acting-director-resigns/

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