28 November 2017 Participants of the third meeting of the Serbian Parliamentary Energy Policy Forum
Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Third Meeting of the Serbian Parliamentary Energy Policy Forum
The Serbian Parliamentary Energy Policy Forum held its third meeting at the National Assembly House, organized in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer and Heinrich Böll foundations in Serbia, to discuss the energy transition in the Republic of Serbia.
Serbian Parliamentary Energy Policy Forum Chairperson Dr Aleksandra Tomic started the proceedings by saying that Germany is a country that has successfully gone through the energy transition and reached a consensus on green energy and Serbia could profit from its experiences in the pursuit of energy efficiency. She added that Serbia’s Euro-integration efforts include adapting to European energy policy regulations, first of all reduction of gas emissions and use of renewable energy sources with the objective to boost the use of renewable energy sources to 27% by 2020.
Tomic said that, according to the report of the Ministry of Mining and Energy, by October 2017 73 investors have been issued an energy licence mainly for the construction of mini hydropower plants and wind-turbines, while 198 have the status of privileged consumer. She also said that Serbia is in favour of drafting a regional hydro-master plan which would mean the reconstruction of the existing and construction of new plants to maximally use the hydro potential of the rivers of the Western Balkan region.
Deputy Head of Mission and Minister-Counsellor for Political Affairs of the German Embassy in Belgrade Alexander Jung said that though energy transition is a difficult process that requires passing a new, suitable legislative framework it results in better energy efficiency, environmental protection and lower costs. He said that transitioning to renewable energy sources is vital as it would lessen the financial load on the citizens and strengthen cross-border cooperation through networking and harmonization of the legislative framework regulating the area. Finally, Jung said that Germany stands ready to support Serbia’s energy transition.
Rebecca Bertram and Thomas Helm shared information about the energy transition process in Germany and Kazakhstan concluding that transitioning to renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions are crucial and require the involvement of both civil initiatives and state institutions.
At the end of the meeting Chairperson Aleksandra Tomic thanked the participants for their cooperation, especially the Konrad Adenauer and Heinrich Böll foundations, and the German Organization for Technical Cooperation GIZ.