The Energy Community Secretariat is enhancing cooperation with Serbia in order to advance the country’s clean energy transition in line with the European Green Deal.
EC Director, Artur Lorkowski met Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlovic to discuss this and other issues, including the development of Serbia’s National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), phasing out of coal subsidies and carbon pricing as a potential source of finance for the energy transition.
“Recognising the opportunities and challenges of the energy transition, we agreed to work closely together to ensure a socially acceptable energy transition in Serbia, aligned with the ambitions of the European Green Deal”, noted Mr Lorkowski.
“I am delighted that the Deputy Prime Minister accepted my invitation to co-chair the Energy and Climate Committee of the Energy Community, which will steer the process of negotiating 2030 targets for renewables, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction of the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community”, he added.
The Secretariat raised matters concerning the implementation of the electricity, gas and renewables acquis in Serbia as well.
Deputy Prime Minister Mihajlovic underlined at the meeting that together, they “will work to make the entire region more energy secure […]. The Green Agenda is a new model of growth and the measures we are adopting in the field of energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources should contribute to improving our energy security”, she underscored.