The problem of energy poverty in Serbia

Valentina Đureta

20. October 2017

The problem of energy poverty in Serbia

The session of the Working Group 11 of the National Convention on the European Union, which follows the Negotiating Chapter 15 – Energy, was held today, October 20, at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

Aleksandar Macura – expert consultant of the NKEU Working Group for Chapter 15 – Energy, today spoke on energy efficiency and energy poverty issues at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. In Serbia, there is a big problem of energy poverty, which is shown by data that less than 40% of households use the central heating system. The issue of energy efficiency was first found among practical policies in 2013, and two years later we received the Regulation on the energy-endangered buyer. However, it is still insufficient to regulate this important issue with which it is struggling and much more developed EU countries.

In front of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Team the meeting was attended by Bojana Ružić. She presented to members of the Working Group for Chapter 15 Economic Reform Program (ERP) and the Employment and Social Policy Policy Program (ESRP), two key documents in the accession process, which are not directly related to negotiation chapters. Bojana stressed that the topic of energy poverty should be nominated among the topics of social policy in the framework of priority reforms.

Uros Rakic, expert associate of the Public Health Institute “Dr. Milan Jovanovic Batut” presented the analysis of the impact of air on human health. “The polluted air is a quiet killer and it is therefore important to raise awareness of the importance of this topic.” One of the biggest problems is the lack of a budget line for financing the continuous operation of measuring stations.

It was concluded that the topic of energy efficiency is of great importance and that it concerns not only energy, but also industrial policy as well as transport, tax, financial and health policies.