Mihajlovic: Greater use of RES and improvement of energy efficiency in the interest of the state, economy and citizens
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, said after the signing of the Agreement on the implementation of the project "Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Serbia" with the German Organization for International Cooperation, that Germany is the most important partner of Serbia, having in mind not only trade but also overall bilateral relations .
She pointed out that greater use of RES and improvement of energy efficiency are in the interest of the state, economy and citizens, and that the Ministry will continue to implement projects in cooperation with all international partners.
"Partnership is the right word that reflects our relations, not only between the Ministry of Mining and Energy, but also the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany." The agreement is just a continuation of that cooperation and a common message that we want to continue working on everything that will help the green economy, greater use of RES and improvement of energy efficiency, and the main thing is to involve citizens in everything. The laws we passed, which are among the most modern in Europe, have enabled us to subsidize the installation of solar panels, which makes citizens producers of electricity, but also to help everyone raise the level of energy efficiency. We have done this in order to make a step forward as a country towards green energy, a green economy and to accelerate the process of energy transition. "With investments, strategic partnerships, but also with the participation of citizens in the process of energy transition, Serbia can be a country that is not only energy safer, but also with a far healthier environment," said Mihajlovic.
The Deputy Prime Minister stated that she expects good talks and understanding from the visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, bearing in mind that the Federal Republic of Germany is the most important partner of Serbia.
"During his visit to Germany, the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, agreed on the arrival of Chancellor Scholz, and I am glad that he is coming to visit, and I certainly expect good talks and understanding between the two statesmen. Germany is our biggest partner, the country with which we have the most intensive political and economic relations, the total trade exchange last year amounted to 6.5 billion euros, more than 75,000 people work in German companies in Serbia. "When it comes to cooperation in the field of energy, the projects we have worked on together and are still working on are worth more than 1.5 billion euros," said Mihajlovic.
Thomas Schieb, the German ambassador, said that the agreement is another chapter of cooperation with the Ministry of Mining and Energy, in addition to the one that exists with KfW Bank in the field of improving energy efficiency.
"I am glad that we will have the opportunity to greet the new chancellor. The meeting is a continuation of the talks that President Vucic had in Berlin. He will visit other countries in the region, which is a signal that the Western Balkans are in the focus of the new government. Some of the topics will be the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, regional cooperation, the Berlin Process, the war in Ukraine, but also overall bilateral relations, including energy security. "Serbia, and above all the Ministry of Mining and Energy, has achieved a lot in this area, especially when it comes to the new legislative framework, which is a clear sign that Serbia is committed to energy transition and the green agenda," said Thomas Schieb, German ambassador.