BDS organized the first training on the topic “Stakeholder engagement and motivation” on 6th of October, 2017 in the Meeting Hall of the Council of the Municipality of Kumanovo (Center of NorthEast Planning region). The number of Participants was 20 (Employees in the Center of NorthEast Planning region and the municipalities; members of the NGOs and Business sector)
Press Release from the 1 Training (translated into English from Macedonian):
The North East region is part of a European energy leadership project
The NorthEast planning region is part of a major European energy leadership project, which envisions the development of a strategy for using energy potential and renewable energy sources.
The project “Partnership for New Energy Leadership – PANEL2050” includes 12 countries from Central and Eastern Europe, but only Macedonia is not a member of the EU. Within the framework of the project, which has a regional character, the NorthEast planning region (NEPR) is included.
“The goal of the project is to develop an energy profile for the NorthEast Planning Region. A map for the directions of the energy transition from carbon fuels to renewable energy sources in the region by 2050. Action plans for stakeholders in the region will be elaborated, which play a key role in the area of energy policy making and their implementation. Macedonia as a country does not have its own strategy until 2050, we believe that this will be a good opportunity to mobilize stakeholders on this issue, which is very important and vital at this moment as well as for the future”, – says Jane Vrteski, from the consulting company BDS (Balkan Development Solution).
The NorthEast Planning Region – the poorest region in the country – is involved in the project because it hasn’t its own energy sources but still uses energy. Mr. Vrteski considers that his advantage is not to allow the development of carbon energy sources in the six municipalities, but to focus on new sources of energy.
“These are the construction of solar power plants, the use of hydro potential, the utilization of wind and solar energy. I hope that the preparation of the road map and the strategy will give signals in which direction businesses and citizens will be able to plan their activities in the field of energy use in the coming period and in the long run,” adds Mr. Vrteski.
The first of the planned trainings and panel discussions was held in Kumanovo, on which the stakeholders in the region were identified – the municipalities, the business sector, non-governmental organizations and the media, as an important segment in the establishment of the energy efficiency network of Central and Eastern Europe.
At the International Conference in Prague, which will take place in the next two days, a network for energy efficiency will be established, attended by representatives and environmental experts from the region. The goal of establishing this network is to grow into a strong lobby, which will act on the energy policies through the EU.

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