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Prishtina, 14 December 2010 – The Minister of Economy and Finance Ahmet Shala, Minister of Energy and Mining Justina Shiroka – Pula and the Swiss Ambassador in Prishtina Lokas Berliger, signed an amended Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the Government of the Swiss Confederation, on the Gjilan Transformer Station.

After the signature of this Memorandum of Understanding, the Minister of Economy and Finance expressed his gratitude to the Swiss nation for the continuous support provided for the Kosovo state.

“As planned, we signed the amendment to the memorandum of understanding signed in 2008 to fund projects in the energy sector. This amendments covers a sum of 10.2 million Swiss Francs for a project to be implemented in the Gjilan area and aimed to bring improvements to the energy sector”, said Minister Shala.

The Minister of Energy and Mining Justina Shiroka – Pula qualified the project as a rather significant project for the Gjilan area.
“We are dealing with a very important project aimed at the rehabilitation of the infrastructure in the energy sector – the construction of Gjilani 5 sub-station. This is not the only project that we are implementing in cooperation with Switzerland, there are many other projects in process that we think that we will implement in the future”.

On the other hand, the Swiss Ambassador in Prishtina Lukas Berlinger said that this project is a continuation of the efforts of the Swiss government to contribute to infrastructural improvements, and to the improvement of services related to water and energy.

“The Swiss government expects that other stakeholders will also join its efforts and take part in such projects, in order to ensure that the energy sector issues no longer represent a problem for Kosovo”.