Convening under the Kosovo* Presidency in Pristina today, the Energy Community Ministerial Council embarked on a process aimed at setting targets for renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction for 2030 in the Energy Community. The Contracting Parties will be supported by guidelines for the preparation of integrated National Energy and Climate Plans, adapted to fit the specificities of the Contracting Parties and soon to be presented by the Secretariat to the Community’s Energy and Climate Committee. The new mechanism will ensure a robust framework for streamlined reporting and transparent implementation of energy and climate policies. Individual Contracting Parties, such as Albania, expressed their willingness to integrate their energy and climate planning already now.
The meeting was opened with a speech by the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Mr. Ramush Haradinaj and was co-chaired by the Minister of Economic Development of Kosovo, Mr Valdrin Lluka, and Deputy Director General for Energy of the European Commission, Mr Christopher Jones.
Minister Lluka said: “There is a clear need for a more comprehensive and consistent policy on sustainable energy production and consumption and I sincerely welcome the Energy Community playing a more active role. The challenges ahead are vast and will require coordinated efforts. Deployment of energy from renewable sources and energy efficiency coupled with the establishment of a competitive energy market remain critical for ensuring energy security and sustainable economic development.”