Mihajlovic and Woersdoerfer: Green Agenda and energy transition are the important part of Serbia's European integration
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, talked with Metchtild Woersdoerfer, Deputy Director of the EC Directorate for Energy, about the process of European integration of Serbia, energy transition, reform of public companies in the energy sector, investment in RES, gas diversification and regional connectivity.
Mihajlovic and Woersdoerfer talked in Vienna before the beginning of the Eighth Climate and Energy Committee of the Energy Community, which is co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia.
The Government's policy is Serbia's membership in the EU, the European path is the only one we want to follow, and in accordance with that commitment, we have passed a new set of laws, including the first Law on the Use of RES, which created opportunities for new capacities and new investments. we also contribute to the reduction of harmful gas emissions and the increase of economic activities. The Green Agenda and the energy transition are an important part of Serbia's European path, and we have made important steps in the accession process, and the harmonization of the normative framework is just the beginning. By opening cluster 4 in negotiations with the EU, we will enable easier and faster implementation of reforms in the chapters covered by this cluster - energy, environment and climate change, transport and trans-European networks. When it comes to energy, we have created a basis for harmonization with EU regulations by adopting a new legislative framework. We are also committed to the continuation and reforms in the energy sector, including further market opening, primarily in the gas sector. Gas interconnections and connections with countries in the region are especially important to us. Interconnection with Bulgaria is a priority for us, but also for the region and the EU, because it will enable Serbia and other countries to reduce dependence on one supplier. Also, the construction of new interconnections is planned, with Romania, Northern Macedonia and Croatia, as well as storage capacities, " said Mihajlovic.
The meeting also discussed the proposed goals of the EC for Serbia in relation to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the improvement of energy efficiency, the dynamics of the realization of goals and the EU's support in that process.
"Our goal is to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. We will determine the path and dynamics of achieving that goal through strategic documents that are in the process of being drafted. We certainly need to discuss the proposed goals in more detail and work on dynamics and harmonization, especially having in mind the level of development in relation to the EU average, availability of funds, percentage of coal in energy production, and the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. It is important that all steps are implemented in a sustainable way. "To ensure development, economic growth and we have enough green energy," said Mihajlovic.
Mihajlovic and Woersdoerfer also talked about the implementation of the action plan for the reorganization of the PE "Srbijagas", during the construction of the Trans-Balkan Corridor, as well as about the obligatory oil reserves.