Red light for green technologies – Individuals and legal entities in BiH do not have any benefits in the implementation of renewable energy sources

Red light for green technologies – Individuals and legal entities in BiH do not have any benefits in the implementation of renewable energy sources

BiH is one of the few countries in Europe that do not provide any benefits to individuals and legal entities that want to import from abroad, solar panels, electric car purchase or install any other renewable energy source.

From the Indirect Taxation Authority point out that according to the Law on Customs Policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina are not singled out and defined renewable energy sources, as well as electric cars as the goods being released on imports.

– This in itself implies that the goods must meet the requirements as any other goods imported to the privilege – says Ratko Kovacevic, a spokesman for the ITA. He explains that these products could be exempt from certain taxes, but not because it is a “green” technologies.

– If the goods that are the subject of your inquiry on imports has duly completed proof of origin, in accordance with international treaties that is free trade agreements signed by BiH, the same applies preferential rates of customs duty on imports, provided that we once again note that these goods are in fact no special treatment but was released just like any other goods satisfying the conditions set by international free trade agreements – said Kovacevic.

The Ministry of Physical Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology point out that most of the policies in the field of energy to the competent ministry, and that their domain applies only to the project with the World Bank in connection with energy efficiency.

Although no benefits on imports, the entity ministries provide incentives for those who wish to engage in renewable energy.

Thus, for example, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining has BiH to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community has an obligation to promote renewable energy and reaches the defined binding targets by 2020, and that RS already provides a guaranteed purchase price of electricity producers energy produced in plants using renewable energy sources and meet the requirements stipulated by the Law on renewable energy sources.

– The system of incentives should enable project profitability for investors and that RS achieve defined objectives with the least increase prices to end consumers due to the fact that the funds for incentives provided by the addition of the tariff for electricity – they said.

The EU Delegation in Sarajevo, however, warn that our country has not yet ratified the Paris agreement and added that this process is underway.

– We encourage the BiH authorities to soon ratify the agreement and the establishment of policies identified in the planned national Defined Contribution BiH (Fast Lane), in order to immediately achieve the well-being of such action – stressed they are.

Regarding energy policy, pointing out that the ministry at the entity level and the regulatory commissions in the best position to give details of how the established incentive programs.

– Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations can also provide information regarding the fulfillment of obligations of BiH in terms of renewable energy arising from the Energy Community Treaty – they added.

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