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Albania’s Energy Community Presidency to focus on promoting renewables and energy efficiency

The Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Artur Lorkowski, visited Albania’s political leadership in Tirana to mark the beginning of the country’s 2023 Energy Community Presidency, the Secretariat announced on 2 February.

This included a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Energy, Belinda Balluku, who said Albania will act as a “catalyst” and set an example in the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency during its presidency.

“Albania deserves big praise for having achieved its 2020 renewable energy target. The country also continues to be a frontrunner in the implementation of auctions for renewables projects,” said Mr Lorkowski.

Director Lorkowski also discussed the latest developments in the field of energy and climate and raised open issues in terms of the country’s acquis implementation.

Minister Balluku said that the fulfilment of all EU requirements in the field of energy is the key to joint regional success, and “Albania will work hard to achieve this.”

Albania was the first country to approve the National Plan for Energy and Climate by adopting all the targets set by the EU, which in order to be implemented “definitely require work and commitment,” Minister Balluku said in a joint statement. “I assured the director that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy will continue to be fully committed to fulfilling all the conditions set by the Secretariat of Energy that is beneficial, not only to the development of the entire region but of course also to our country,” she added.

The Minister also mentioned the gasification unit project in Korça in the southeast of Albania, which the government hopes to export to other countries, should it be successful. In addition, both sides discussed Albania’s regulatory framework and the amendment to the law on renewable energy sources, which was recently approved by the Albanian government.

Alongside the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Albanian Presidency will focus on the development of energy infrastructure and regional interconnection.

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