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MPs from three parliaments discuss Energy investments as a precondition for regional development in the Western Balkans at a trilateral meeting in Trebinje

March 31st 2014

MPs from the parliaments of Montenegro, Republic of Serbia and Republic of Srpska at trilateral meeting in Trebinje.

“Energy investments as a precondition for regional development in the Western Balkans” was the topic that brought together 18 MPs from the National Assembly of Republic of Serbia, National Assembly of Republic of Srpska and the Parliament of Montenegro, at a trilateral meeting that took place in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 31st 2014.

The meeting was organized by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Network of Parliamentary Committees on Economy, Finance and European Integration in the Western Balkans (NPC). Taking place in Trebinje, a town strategically important for energy production, the meeting was an excellent opportunity to exchange views and possibilities for further cooperation and coordination of energy strategies between parliamentarians from the region.

“It’s good that we have started talking about energy investments, as it is crucial that the countries of the region work together on solving our common problems. Let’s see what we can do in the upcoming period, in using our energy potentials and enhancing our economies.”Branislav Borenovic, MP, National Assembly of Republic of Srpska.

The members of parliament, together with the parliamentary staff and representatives of the energy community and the State Regulatory Agency of Republika Srpska, assessed the current situation given the legislative and political limitations. Furthermore, all participants agreed that investments in energy capacities are essential for development of the broader Western Balkan region, and the valorisation of energy potentials will have a positive impact on the economic growth.

“Given the geographic location of Montenegro’s resources, Serbia, Republic of Srpska and Montenegro must have a trilateral approach towards harmonization of legislation, energy investments and energy strategies and this event is good step in that direction.”
Strahinja Bulajic, MP, Parliament of Montenegro.

During the meeting, the parliamentarians agreed on several recommendations and positions. The conclusions cover a wide variety of topics and relationships, ranging from benefits for the local community from energy investments to inter-state cooperation in maximizing energy efficiency.

“We should create a working group that will analyse and define the conflicts in our national legislations in order to facilitate regional cooperation in energy investments.”
Rade Obradovic, MP, National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

As a result of the trilateral meeting, a set of conclusions and recommendations was adopted by the MPs that will be shared with their domestic committees and with the members of the Network. Please find the conclusions at here

WFD is supporting the Network through a three-year programme, from 2012 to 2015, aimed at strengthening the role of Western Balkan parliaments in promoting competitiveness and economic growth.