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Mihajlovic with CEKOR: Cooperation with the non-governmental sector in the process of energy transition

Mihajlovic with CEKOR: Cooperation with the non-governmental sector in the process of energy transition

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, talked today with the representatives of the Center for Ecology and Sustainable Development about the importance of the participation of non-governmental organizations in the development of strategic documents in the field of energy.

"I believe that there is a common interest in the process of energy transition and that it is important for the Ministry and the non-governmental sector to cooperate on that path and to see how to have sustainable energy, to be energy safe and how it will affect the economy and competitiveness." I initiated the meeting, because it is important that we talk to everyone who deals with issues related to the energy transition. "There are working groups for the development of a national integrated plan for climate and energy and the Energy Development Strategy for energy poverty, in which there are also members of civil society organizations," said Mihajlovic.

She said that the Ministry has initiated a new energy policy, that there is room for cooperation with everyone, because a broader social consensus is needed on the direction of Serbian energy and mining.

"We managed to pass a new legislative framework in record time, and all bylaws will be completed by October. Our plan is to have a minimum of 40% of energy obtained from RES by 2040 and to make an action plan to increase capacity that uses renewable sources in the next 20, 30 years. "There is no energy and mining without environmental protection, and that principle is not only declarative, but is implemented in everything we do," she said.

Zvezdan Kalmar, coordinator of CEKOR, said that there are significant segments in the work of the Ministry that this organization supports and that he hopes that there will be room for more active participation in the development of strategic documents and cooperation with the Ministry.

"For years, we have been doing research with the intention and hope that our electric power industry and Serbian energy will continue to be champions in the region, but in accordance with world trends and socio-economic and environmental standards. We want to contribute to the decarbonisation of Serbia, to accelerate the process of energy transition as much as possible and to increase the number of capacities that do not emit harmful gases as soon as possible. We support the Ministry in certain steps it is taking and we believe that there is room for further cooperation, "Kalmar said.