EU – Serbia High Level Conference on Climate Change

Date: 11.06.2015
Place: Belgrade, Serbia
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

Climate change is increasingly gaining prominence in the run up to the Paris Climate Summit of December 2015. The 2015 Agreement is to open a new chapter in the history of international climate action as it will bring all 196 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) members to a common platform to act avoiding dangerous climate change.

Ongoing international climate negotiations are shaping the form of this Agreement which is to set the framework for our action in the coming decades. This resulting agreement will not be something isolated, but will put all sectors of our economies on a long term decarbonisation pathway to limit the global temperature increase to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, consistent with the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This major goal requires major action.

The EU 2030 Framework on Climate and Energy Policies added a needed milestone to the EU 2050 decarbonisation roadmap. This milestone sends out the needed signal of the direction of policy development and also provides the 'intended nationally determined contribution (INDC)' from the side of the EU to the 2015 Agreement which is matching to the challenge ahead of us. Ensuring robust climate action will also open up a horizon of opportunities: fighting climate change e.g. by investing in low-carbon energy is not only an investment in our children's future; it will also create new jobs and economic growth.

Serbia is negotiating its accession to the EU. The meetings of screening the country's climate action in relation to the one of the EU have been recently completed. The efforts required from Serbia to converge with the EU will provide the Serbian administration and the society with better tools for harnessing the opportunities and addressing the challenges of sustainable economic development, job creation and climate change. The EU supports Serbia in many ways in this process, including through the use of the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

Serbia plans to announce the submission of its INDC towards the 2015 Climate Agreement at this High Level Conference of 11 June, taking the lead in the Western Balkans region in terms of timing. This will not only facilitate Serbia's convergence with EU acquis but will also support the further development of sound climate and energy policies providing for enhanced security of energy supply, green jobs and regulatory certainty for investments, improved air quality and health benefits for all citizens and ultimately transition to a low-carbon economy.