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Four energy, mining bills to be adopted by Serbian goverment next week

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February 19, 2021

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The Government of Serbia may schedule the adoption of bills on renewable energy sources, energy, energy efficiency, and mining for next week, after which they would be sent to parliament. The Ministry of Mining and Energy has announced that bylaws would be introduced soon.

The public consultation on the guidelines for the law on renewable energy lasted from December 31 to January 12. From January 21 to February 9 there was a public debate on the draft law on renewable energy sources, amendments to the Law on Energy, draft law on energy efficiency and the rational use of energy, and draft law on changes and amendments to the Law on Mining and Geological Research.

A public discussion event was held at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. In the same period, Balkan Green Energy News organized a roundtable called “Wind industry in Serbia between auctions and the market – 2,000 MW of green energy awaiting a clear signal from the state.

The bylaws should be passed in the next three to six months

Zorana Mihajlović, Minister of Mining and Energy, presented four new laws to the parliamentary Committee on Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism, and Energy, and said Serbia is facing fundamental changes in the sector of energy including environmental protection.

She anticipated the new bills would be adopted by the Government of Serbia next week and then sent to parliament.

The bylaws accompanying the new laws will be completed in the next three to six months, including regulations on vulnerable consumers of electricity, gas, and heat, in order to ensure that more of them become beneficiaries of the discounts provided by the state, Mihajlović said. She asserted that including more vulnerable consumers in the state’s support schemes would allow it to focus on electricity, gas, and heating pricing policy.

Mihajlović: The goal is to make Serbia green by 2050

Mihajlović said the goal of the changes initiated by the ministry is to secure enough high-quality energy and increase the share of renewable energy in total consumption. Serbia needs to become green by 2050, she stressed.

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