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Opposition continue attacks on Georgia’s biggest electricity distributor

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Thursday, March 27
Czech energy company Energo-Pro Georgia has been under fire from the opposition recently, with both the Labor Party and People’s Party accusing it of swindling consumers.

The opposition’s latest allegation is that Energo-Pro Georgia is a front company, with the real owners being former prime minister Zurab Noghaideli and former justice minister Gia Kavtaradze, the newspaper 24 Saati reports.

Energo-Pro entered the Georgian market in 2006 when it bought two electricity distribution companies and six hydropower plants in the country for over USD 300 million in a state tender. It has since become the biggest electricity distributor in the country.

Jumber Tavartkiladze, head of the People’s Party in Adjara, recently claimed that the energy company has been overcharging consumers in the autonomous republic.

“If the prosecutor general of Adjara Vasil Roinishvili does not investigate Energo-Pro Georgia then the People’s Party will organize a protest and force him to resign,” Tavartkiladze said, according to 24 Saati.

Last month, Labor Party representative Paata Jibladze claimed that Prosecutor General Eka Tkehshelashvili ignored their demand to investigate alleged overcharging by the company.