09 October 2020
Balkan Green Foundation was part of the panel discussion held on Kosovo's success and challenges towards developing its first National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), within the framework of Kosovo Sustainable Development Week. The event was held under the moderation of Balkan Green Foundation’s Programmes and Operations Manager, Rinora Gojani.
The panel included representatives from economic field, Ministry of Economy & Environment, Kosovo’s Parliament, Energy Community, and Balkan Green Foundation.
The agenda unveiled discussions on NECP development challenges, NECP outputs, implementation Requirements and impact on Energy Transition and NECP alignment with Green Deal.
During the discussion, BGF’s project manager Besfort Kosova unveiled the experience of civil society engagement in supporting national institutions in developing strategy documents, and the level of cooperation and transparency between civil society and institutions in these processes. He marks “We can speak frankly compared to other forms of drafts and documents and strategic papers the NCEP was more smooth and more directly engaging compared to other forms of national document strategies and documents and for us it’s a duty so to say its in our mandate to protect and to defend the interest of the society and its very fortunate that we also have in this process external stakeholders who create the ground for us to be more engaging and more active, unfortunately what often happens in Kosovo that when we draft the documents I mean when the country drafts the documents and strategies the civil society is engaged at a later stage not at the drafting stage and its very important that the civil society is engaged in the drafting initial stage and this happened with the drafting of the NCEP and we had the opportunity concretely give our notes and remarks and also our propositions and recommendations”
However, he also states “A challenge that we have constantly in Kosovo civil society organizations that is related to trust building and also transparencies that the government are changing frequently and the agendas are changing frequently and the general political situation is unstable and policies change very often so this is very challenging.”
To watch the full discussion, check the video below: