7 June 2017 National Assembly Deputy Speaker Prof. Dr Vladimir Marinkovic at the Regional Parliamentary Conference on Renewable Energy in South-East Europe
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Adequate Legislative Framework to Boost Amounts and Utilization of Renewable Energy Investments
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Prof. Dr Vladimir Marinkovic addressed the Regional Parliamentary Conference on Renewable Energy in South-East Europe hosted by the National Assembly House.
Assistant Minister of Mining and Energy Prof. Dr Milos Banjac, Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Sakari Oskanen, parliamentarians from Slovenia and Montenegro, representatives of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Energy Community Secretariat, as well as scientific institutes, organizations and companies active in the field, took part in the conference.
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Prof. Dr Vladimir Marinkovic said that the parliaments of Serbia and the countries in the region should work on an adequate legislative framework conducive to boosting the amounts and utilization of investments in the field. At the same time they should work on promoting regional cooperation, attracting new investments, using natural potentials and monitoring new technologies in the field as this would improve the competitiveness of the countries of South-East Europe.
Marinkovic concluded that the Serbian Parliament is open to cooperation with the neighbours, adding that he was sure the conference would help find concrete solutions which would benefit the entire region.
Assistant Minister of Mining and Energy Prof. Dr Milos Banjac said that the use of different renewable energy sources is strategically significant for Serbia as this reduces its dependence on imports, allows the use of domestic energy sources and decreases dangerous radiation emissions. So far, Serbia is using 20% of its renewable resources and the objective is to boost that number to 27% by 2020.
Banjac added that in 2005 Serbia had passed important legislation regulating the sphere of renewable energy and is now, in cooperation with UNDP, realizing a project of construction of six biogas facilities for the combined production of electrical and thermal energy, as well as a project in which certain thermal power plants in Serbia would be using biomass instead of conventional fuel.
Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Sakari Oskanen said that IRENA’s goal is to help the countries in the region to switch to renewable energy sources faster following new technologies which would boost development and reduce dangerous gas emissions and mitigate climate change. Oskanen said that the countries of South-East Europe are determined to develop the field and concluded that the governments and parliaments of the countries in the region should continue to offer financial and legislative support so as to speed up the region’s energy transition.
In the course of the session the participants exchanged parliamentary experiences in the field, discussed options for a speedy switch to renewable energy, the status of renewable energy in South-East Europe, and how to help the parliamentarians’ efforts to promote renewable energy.
Finally, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Prof. Dr Vladimir Marinkovic said he was pleased by the constructive dialogue on renewable energy in the region of South-East Europe conducted at the expert and not political level and opined that the proposed solutions would significantly contribute to the development of renewable energy resources not just in Serbia but in the whole region.