EU extends YU 'energy for democracy' oil

BRUSSELS, Feb 16, 2000 -- (Reuters) The European Commission said on Tuesday it had extended a program under which it provides heating oil to cities in Serbia where opposition to President Slobodan Milosevic is strong.

The European Union's executive said in a statement it would seek to supply heating oil to Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Novi Sad, Sombor and Subotica.

"It is anticipated that through the extension of another 12-15,000 tons of heating oil (subject to oil prices), the population of the concerted municipalities can be provided with enough heating oil to help them through the winter," the Commission said.

Under the so-called "energy for democracy" program, the EU is already seeking to deliver 15 to 17,000 tons of heating oil to cities of Nis and Pirot.

The Commission said that by last week, 5,500 tons of oil had been delivered to those two cities.

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