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Workshop held about one stop shops for green energy

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November 5, 2015

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With support from the Repower-Kosovo* project, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a workshop was organized on the establishment of a one stop shop to support the development of renewable energy sources projects, Ministry of Economic Development reported on its website.

The event was held with the aim to present main challenges faced by project developers in Kosovo*, and to review best international practices for elimination of barriers for endeavours in the field of renewables. The working group, comprising main stakeholders of the energy sector, including, other than the ministry and the Energy Regulatory office, other institutions responsible for the energy sector, such as the ministries of environment and spatial planning, trade and industry, and agriculture, forestry and rural development, electricity transmission operator Kostt, the Kosovo Electricity Distribution and Supply (KEDS) and the Kosovo Electricity Supply Company (Kesco), discussed thoroughly on steps that an investor needs to undertake in order to develop a green energy project. For the most part, participants agreed that despite the successful work of all individual institutions, the sector could benefit from better coordination of all involved stakeholders, according to the ministry’s statement.

Deputy minister of economic development Besa Zogaj-Gashi emphasized that the support to economic development through the promotion of clean energy represents one of the government’s main objectives. It will support the working group in improving coordination of relevant institutions and accelerating projects, in order to ensure that Kosovo* fulfills objectives related to the share of energy from renewable sources in the final gross energy consumption, as defined in the Energy Community Treaty, she said.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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