Following on from the success of the conference ‘Green Wave in the Western Balkans – Challenges and Perspectives’ in June 2022, and in the context of further green progress and additional challenges in the region, Greens/EFA are continuing to work together with their green counterparts across the region on our shared goals – security, energy, environment protection and safeguarding European values including democracy, media freedom and fundamental rights. As we head towards EU elections in 2024, it is crucial that the current momentum on enlargement is not lost. With this event, key actors from the region were brought together to discuss important topics including energy security, enlargement and democracy.

The ‘Green & Peaceful Future in the Western Balkans – The next steps towards our shared European future’ conference was held on 15th November, 14h-18h, in Brussels.

The Greens/EFA conference, organised by MEPs Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Thomas Waitz and Tineke Strik, took place in Brussels. The conference consisted of two panel discussions. The conference was also live streamed.

Our co-founder and programme director, Jasminka Young, presented the main findings of the study “Tackling the Immediate Challenges of Energy Poverty in the Western Balkans: The possible role for the EU” and talked about the possibilities for improving cooperation in the field of energy transition and the implementation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans. In particular, she referred to the need for a regional approach in areas of energy poverty and the improved direction of European funds towards the resolution of these issues, which represent a significant obstacle to the energy transition process in the Western Balkan region.

Source: Greens/EFA website