Energy & Environment

Civil Society Forum Opened

The Heinrich Boell Foundation is organizing one of the five Workshops taking place at the Forum. The panel is dedicated to the environment, energy and climate changes.

First Belgrade Crowdfunding Convention

The first Belgrade Crowdfunding Convention was held on 7 June 2017.

“If Nikola Tesla had stayed here, we wouldn’t have been able today to enjoy what he created. Today’s Nikola Teslas can choose – whether to leave for the USA, or to stay here and opt for crowdfunding. This means that we could have our own Tesla here with us today”, said Marko Gregović from Brodoto.

By Tamara Skrozza

Political Climate - Climate Change and Serbia

In cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Vreme Weekly publishes a series  of articles entitled Political Climate dedicated to the issue of climate change in Serbia. The series attempts to examin Serbia's cilmate policies in the light of EU integration and the Paris Agreement.  

The Marrakesh Climate Negotiations – a Mirror of a Divided World and Silent Europe

Compared to COP21 where the EU had a decisive bridge-building role between developed and developing countries in leading a strong climate coalition, in Marrakesh Europe appeared silent and divided. Despite the urgency for concrete and immediate actions to bend the curve and win the race against the clock, the negotiations in Marrakesh seemed to be moving in a parallel universe.

By Radostina Primova, Oksana Aliyeva, Damjan Rehm Bogunović

Affluenza – is the US Middle Class Suffering from Affluence?

In the late 1990s, the scolding of the middle class had begun in the USA. Its lifestyle: too expensive, too wasteful, too costly. It used to live in cities. Now it lives 40 miles away, in the suburbs. One automobile used to suffice. Now there have to be 2, or more. The sizes of the living area, the energy consumption and the size of the properties have also multiplied – as have the debts.

By Andreas Poltermann

Why Kosovo needs climate friendly energy alternatives?

Kosovo cannot absorb additional lignite-exploitation without fundamentally endangering its living environment. EU perspective of Kosovo dictates climate and energy policy framework and direction that is to a large extent incompatible with the current developments

By Jasminka Young

IMF Mission Has Left, Problems Remain

The IMF delegation's mid-June visit to Serbia has briefly suppressed the country's traditional problems, bringing to the forefront an additional one, namely the reform of the public sector.

 

By Miroslav Prokopijević

Thorns and Weeds

Vetëvendosje election victory in Prisinta, changed the balance of powers in Kosovo. The delegation headed by the mayor of Pristina Spend Ahmeti has recently visited Berlin.

By Natalija Miletić

COP 21 and the Paris Agreement: A Force Awakened

Globally, political leaders are lauding the acceptance of the global and legally binding Paris Agreement on Climate Change at COP 21 as a historical moment. It achieves a goal long believed unattainable. However, judged against the enormity of the challenge and the needs and pressure from people on the ground demanding a global deal anchored in climate justice (“system change, not climate change!”), the Paris Agreement can only be called a collective failure and disappointment. Read a critical assessment by hbs colleagues from around the world.

By Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek , Maureen Santos , Hans JH Verlome , Radostina Primova , Damjan Rehm Bogunović

Some Sensitive Issues of Serbia's Economy

 In light of the stagnant economy, fiscal problems are coming to the forefront. They consist of high state expenditure which is partially financed by indebtedness, but also of irrational utilization of loans taken, which are being used as a means for buying the social peace, instead for investments – for example, in infrastructure.

By Miroslav Prokopijević

Global Climate Movements Seek Fossil Fuel Company Transparency on Future Viability of Oil, Coal, Gas

"When you're stuck in a hole, the first rule is to stop digging. We can't solve the climate crisis if we're still digging more and more coal, oil and gas out of the ground. It's time for regulators to take climate risk seriously and push fossil fuel companies to show how their business plans comply with the global goal of limiting warming to below 2°C. Fossil fuels have always been a bad bet for our planet, they're now an increasingly bad bet for our investments, as well." (May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org)
 

Coaliton 27 Report on Serbia's progress in the Chapter 27 (Environment and Climate Change) of the EU pre-accession negotation

Contribution of Coalition 27 to Serbia 2014 Progress Report, Overview of Chapter 27: Environment and Climate Change.  

Coalition 27 consists of: Belgrade Open School, CEKOR, Environment Improvement Centre, GM Optimist, NGO Fractal, WWF Serbia, and Young Researchers of Serbia .

The Report was written with the support of Climate Action Network Europe and Heinrich Boell Foundation Southeastern Europe.

Serbia Floods in May 2014, WWF Report on Environmental Issues

WWF reports on environmental issues surrounding recent floods in Serbia examines the UNDAC report (United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination) and, based on environmentally sustainable disaster recovery and reconstruction approaches, highlights other environmental impacts and opportunities for intervention.

Can Serbia Avoid Debt Crisis?

Similar to some other countries, during the last couple of years Serbia, too, has been the scene of increasing debates about the problem of a fast debt growth and the possibility of the country being hit by debt crisis.

By Miroslav Prokopijević

The Spring Cleaning

“Patience is the virtue (of fools)“, goes the old folk saying. In other words, the question is raised how the Serbian economy will survive this “spring cleaning“ on its feet.

By Mijat Lakićević

Publications

Chapter 27 in Serbia: Still under Construction, One Year Later

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Coalition 27's analysis of environmental and climate change policy in the Republic of Serbia highlights a wide range of serious challenges in all areas - horizontal legislation, air quality, water quality, nature protection, industrial pollution, chemicals management, climate change and financing of environmental protection.

Perspectives SEE

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It seems as though the term citizen does not need a specific explanation. It is an inhabitant of a certain country or a city, a person with legally recognized citizenship, who pays taxes and fulfills their obligations to the community, and enjoys certain rights in return. But how often is that really the case? How many citizens in the world can say that they are true citizens according to this definition? Given the current global situation, not many. In this issue of “Perspectives”, our focus is on citizens and cities in the Western Balkans.

A hard copy of this issue you can order from our Belgrade office.

Housing from Bellow: A Smarter Building Model for Affordable Housing in Serbia

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Housing in Serbia is in crisis. Over the last 25 years, housing has been transferred from collective to private ownership, which has shifted responsibility for the provision of housing to the private sector. Smarter Building was initiated in 2012 by the platform Ko Gradi Grad (“Who Builds the City”) to challenge this model.
 

Energy & Environment

Due to environmental carelessness and interest in short term profits, people in the Balkan countries are suffering from poor, unhealthy living conditions. Additionally, they face stagnating economies, high unemployment, unsustainable pension systems and oversized public sectors. Greening public policy and the economy means empowering people to find creative and participatory solutions to develop ways out of the current crisis. 

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