The price of bread may increase if the bread producer association and the Energy Regulatory Authority fail to find an agreement. 

At the Production Activity Commission, the head of ERA said that the association's request to leave the price of energy at 7.6 lek cannot be accepted, given that bakeries also trade other products.

Ora News contacted the association of bread producers, who said they are still in negotiations with the ERA, but that if a deal is not reached then the decision to pay energy at a rate of 14 lek per kilowatt/hour will also lead to an increase in the price of bread.

"We expect a solution, we are still in negotiations and we expect to meet again with the Electricity Distribution Operator in the coming days in order to find a solution. 

"We are seeking an intermediate price of 8.4 lekë," said a representative of the Bread Producer's Association.

The ERA head himself had only one solution to this case, the division of trading and selling bread from the production and trading of other products.

"14 lek for those bakeries that trade other products," suggested a representative of ERA.

Energy price dilemmas arose immediately after the Electricity Distribution Operator found that bakeries did not only trade bread, or even just other products with dough content, but that many also offer dairy products requiring refrigeration.

A decision several years ago made a special arrangement for businesses in this industry to pay electricity at a preferential price of 7.6 lek per kilowatt/hour, but the EDO, after finding that these businesses also traded other products, began to bill them at 14 Lek per kilowatt/hour in line with other businesses.