WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Clinton administration said today it is working with European allies to assure that aid intended for the opposition in Yugoslavia doesn't end up helping the government of President Slobodan Milosevic.

``We had concerns, and still have concerns, that the Energy for Democracy proposal could _ I emphasize the word `could' _ directly or indirectly benefit the regime,'' State Department spokesman James Rubin said of a plan for sending heating oil.

``And neither we nor our allies want to see that happen. So we are discussing with them ways to monitor the program, to control how it's used.''

Rubin said the Clinton administration wants to continue to help the country's Serbian democratic opposition, but is strongly opposed to some measures.

Those include reconstruction of the war-battered country and lifting of the airline flight embargo against Belgrade.