Parliamentary Afternoon at the Representation of Baden-Württemberg in Brussels was organized at the end of April by the Environment Ministry of Baden-Württemberg together with the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg and GIZ within the Bioenergy partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Serbia.

Members of parliament, high-ranking representatives of both countries, representatives of the EU and other organizations discussed the topic “Role of Bioenergy for Energy Security and Climate Protection in the Danube Region – Contribution of Baden-Württemberg and Serbia”.

The Minister for Environment Franz Untersteller pointed out the role of Baden-Württemberg and Germany in the cooperation with Serbia and the assessment of transferability of established models in the area of bioenergy. Although German companies are leaders in the area of bioenergy technologies and regional energy concepts at the international level, at the Serbian i.e. Southeast European market they are barely present. The Serbian Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Prof. Dr. Snežana Bogosavljević Bošković and the Serbian Assistant Minister of Mining and Energy Prof. Miloš Banjac welcomed a stronger cooperation with the German economy and they pointed out the significance of bioenergy for the energy supply and the development in rural areas. Tanja Gönner, Spokesperson of the Management Board of the GIZ, emphasized the importance of partnerships for the development. The Bioenergy partnership, which was founded last September between Baden-Württemberg and Serbia, offers thus the possibility to implement joint activities and to identify and take advantage of synergies when it comes to the areas of environment and economic policy. The Parliamentary Afternoon, as an activity within the partnership, should support the promotion of political framework conditions. In the discussion with the audience it was asked for this partnership to be expanded to other countries, in the Danube region, for instance. In this context, Minister Untersteller pointed out that the Environment Ministry of Baden-Württemberg will support the INTERREG application of GIZ.

The bioenergy partnership between Serbia and Baden-Württemberg is based on the EU Strategy for the Danube region and it was founded with the objective to support a sustainable bioenergy market, to contribute to the energy security and climate protection, with the aim to spread from Serbia to the whole region. The Bioenergy partnership is supported by the GIZ regional office South and the project of the German Climate and Technology Initiative (DKTI) “Development of a Sustainable Bioenergy Market in Serbia”.