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Mihajlovic and Godfrey: Serbia and US partners in energy transition, cooperation in building energy infrastructure

Mihajlovic and Godfrey: Serbia and US partners in energy transition, cooperation in building energy infrastructure

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, talked with Anthony Godfrey, the departing US Ambassador to Serbia, about the development of energy infrastructure, regional connections, energy transition and improving cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy and mining.

She received Ambassador Godfrey on a farewell visit, during which they agreed that Serbia and the United States confirm their determination to improve political and economic cooperation, especially in the field of investments and infrastructure construction.

"Everything we have done in the past year in the Ministry has initiated changes in the field of energy and mining, especially in the part of strengthening the country's energy security and independence." I hope that we will improve the cooperation between Serbia and the United States in the coming period in the field of strengthening and modernizing energy infrastructure, and we are counting on joint work in the process of energy transition and the fight against climate change. Our commitment is to attract the world's best companies, with the most modern technologies, and American companies are welcome. We have done a lot, but we still have a lot of work to do and I hope to improve our cooperation. The most important thing in energy and mining is investments, that is the priority. We want to achieve cooperation, as we did in the previous ministry, especially when it comes to  Moravian Corridor, "said Mihajlovic.

The meeting focused on gas diversification, regional connections and cooperation in the field of strengthening energy security, as well as overall relations between Serbia and the United States. Ambassador Godfrey thanked Deputy Prime Minister Mihajlovic and her team for their support in the realization of numerous projects.

"There are many things you have done that you can be proud of. Your leadership in this area is good and important for the state, regardless of the resistance to the changes you are implementing. The United States will continue to strongly support Serbia in the further development of the energy sector and in the process of decarbonization of the energy mix. "The growth of the Serbian economy is the biggest change in the Western Balkans and the fastest way to further economic growth is through the construction of various energy sources, as well as joint engagement in strengthening energy infrastructure and partnership in energy transition and combating climate change," Godfrey said.

In the end, Deputy Prime Minister Mihajlovic gave a gift to the ambassador, traditional Serbian products made by women within the initiative "Let's employ 1,000 women in rural areas", which is jointly implemented by Ethno Network and the Coordination Body for Gender Equality, chaired by Mihajlovic.