Climate Policy World Tour: Focus on the Western Balkans/South East Europe (SEE)

During the first session of the Climate Policy World Tour series, which looked more closely at national climate policy developments around the world with the help of its partner organisations, Garret Tankosić-Kelly, principal of SEE Change Net, presented a base line study of the energy situation in South East Europe titled Fairer, Cleaner, Safer and advocated for ECF to open a dedicated line of support for the accession and pre-accession countries of the Western Balkans. His presentation was a part of the Focus on the Western Balkans/South East Europe event, held on December 2 2011 in Brussels, focusing on the Western Balkans, soon to be European Union neighbours, with some very challenging issues – in terms of climate change – already under way.

The advocacy document Fairer, Cleaner, Safer: Towards a more sustainable, people centred approach to energy development in South East Europe, was created by a group of NGOs from across South East Europe in cooperation with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and published in August 2011.

As the EC plunges further into turmoil, the accession countries of former Yugoslavia and Albania slip further and further down the agenda. Yet there are several indicators that with the real commitment of the EU institutions, private sector and the IFIs, that SEE could leap frog the mistakes made by “old Europe” in terms of having a more sustainable energy strategy. The main question is why this may or may not happen?

In his presentation Garret Tankosić-Kelly attempted to unravel the following questions:

1. What are the 5 key blocks to a more sustainable energy policy in SEE?
2. What are the potentials for creating a fairer, cleaner, safer energy policy in SEE?
3. Where does the climate policy debate stand in SEE?
4. How are SEE Change Net and the NGOs (both international, regional and national) working on the ground?