Albania declares state of energy emergency amid energy crisis

Despite there not being any shortages at the moment, Rama decided to make the move due to expected issues during the winter months. [Shutterstock / Yevhen Prozhyrko]

Prime Minister Edi Rama on Friday declared a state of energy emergency due to the ongoing energy crisis.

Despite there not being any shortages at the moment, Rama decided to make the move due to expected issues during the winter months. As per Albanian law, the state of emergency will give the government more freedom with regard to public spending and enforcing energy rules.

Just 24 hours after declaring the emergency, Rama gave another press conference where he said he does not foresee an increase in energy prices for Albanian families or small businesses. He also announced some measures that he said will stave off any issues for society’s most vulnerable.

The measures announced by Rama included €200 million that will be disbursed to the state-owned energy company over two years. This, the prime minister said, will prevent increases in prices in the country and guarantee uninterrupted power for all Albanians.

(Alice Taylor | Exit.al)

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