Belgrade, December 8, 2021 - Ambassador and head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Emanuele Giaufret announced today at the UN House in Belgrade that the European Union will allocate 8 million euros to help Serbia initiate a "green" transformation, mitigate the effects of climate change and build an economy and society resistant to changed climate conditions.
"The European Union is Serbia's main economic partner and the largest investor when it comes to protecting the environment and fighting climate change. We want to help Serbia increase its climate ambitions and effectively cope with the challenges posed by climate change. We will cooperate with the Serbian government, but also with the private sector and civil society organisations, because only together can we reach this goal," said H.E. Emanuele Giaufret.
He pointed out that the goal of the European Union is to reduce greenhaouse gas emissions by 2030 with a glass garden effect by 55%, as well as being the first coal-neutral continent in 2050.
The ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia participated in the panel discussion "Green Agenda for the Western Balkans in the post COP 26 world", where it was discussed how Serbia should contribute to slowing climate change, adapt to their consequences and how to finance all these activities.
The panel was opened by Mirjana Špoljarić Egger, UN Assistant Secretary General and director of the UNDP in Europe and Central Asia, who is now officially visiting Serbia, and Anđelka Atanaskovic, Minister of the economy in the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
Mirjana Špoljarić Egger stressed the importance of Serbia increasing its Nationally Determined Contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and initiating a green transformation of the economy, so that it can remain a competitor in its key export markets, create new jobs and protect the environment.
"Thanks to EU support through the "Green Agenda for Serbia" project, we hope to be able to attract over 50 million euros of private and public capital that will allow Serbia to reduce energy consumption and environmental pollution, increase renewable energy and improve the management of natural resources and waste," added Mirjana Špoljarić Egger.