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Jelena Puzović, Ph.D., Head of the JVP Srbijavode Public Relations and International Cooperation Sector

Serbia Must Ensure the Conservation of the Precious Resource That is Water

Public Water Management Company Srbijavode engages in numerous activities aimed at overcoming the challenges brought by climate change – implementing projects to develop and...

Uroš Đorđević, Account Executive, Dell Technologies

Pioneer in the New Era of Digital Tech

Dell Technologies is a corporation that’s oriented towards technological innovation and keeps pace with technological trends in every sense, which includes AI Speaking in this...

Ana Toskić Cvetinović, Executive Director, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia

The Rule of Law is Vital Ana

Partners Serbia is an organisation that’s dedicated to advancing the rule of law and developing civil society and institutions in Serbia and around the...

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D., Director and Owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic

Passion is Key to this Job

Ioanna Batsialou Ph.D. is the director and owner of the Ioanna Regen Polyclinic, which specialises in physical medicine, rehabilitation, mesotherapy, aesthetics and anti-aging treatments Our...

Maja Marić, Country Manager Operations, CPI Property Group

Retail Parks Remain Fashionable

A key part of the company culture at CPI Property Group Serbia, which forms part of a family firm that was founded in the...

Aleksandar Macura, RES Foundation, Co-founder and Programme Director for Energy

Year in Which We took to Our Roofs

Almost 1,900 households and 600 companies will receive electricity from their roofs during every hour of sunshine throughout the lifespan of their solar panels, over the next 20-plus years, and will use it in homes and businesses, while exchanging the surplus with the power system

As 2023 comes to an end, approximately 2,500 households and companies are registered as owners of solar power plants in the register of prosumers that’s maintained by Serbian electricity distribution company EDS [Elektrodistribucija Srbije]. Encouraged by sunshine and aided by modern equipment, during the sunniest hours we receive EMF electricity from these roofs with a total power of nearly 40 MW. This still isn’t a large amount of power, but it has emerged over a period of less than 20 months and is distributed nationwide. Almost 1,900 households and 600 companies will receive electricity from their roofs during every hour of sunshine throughout the lifespan of their solar panels, over the next 20-plus years, and will use it in homes and businesses, while exchanging the surplus with the power system.

This exchange of surplus power was enabled thanks to amendments to legislation that were introduced in 2021 and 2022 and established one of the most modern legal frameworks for energy prosumers, which is how we refer to consumers of electricity who are simultaneously able to produce electricity for their own needs and deliver excess energy produced to the grid. From the moment they decide to shine from their rooftops, prosumers who have power plants with a smaller capacity can – with a dose of good will and a few thousand euros – observe how the electromagnetic forces released from their inverters start powering their devices after just a few days.

When we remember 2023, let’s recall that – apart from terrible pain and suffering – we accelerated a much-needed process as a society: the process of solarising Serbia

Commercial prosumers, who are already confronted by high energy prices, feel only satisfaction and financial relief, and something similar is happening among households that are facing rising prices despite delayed bills. For the price of a ten-year-old used car, you can become an electricity prosumer and a participant in the continuous process of building a sustainable power system.

Let’s also address the caustic sceptics, in which I include myself, and let them know that we are aware that rooftop solar plants won’t be able to replace electricity produced, with enormous effort and weak productivity, from brown coal. But provided they are directed properly, these solar arrays can quickly generate millions of megawatt- hours across Serbia, in places where energy is consumed, and involving tens of thousands of citizens in the building of a sustainable energy system. The Republic of Serbia has used taxpayer funds to further encourage this inclusion. The time has come for the Republic of Serbia to look to the millions of those who are unable to participate in energy transition in this way and direct this money and other funds towards eradicating energy poverty.

Slađana Prica, retired ambassador, member of the Forum for International Relations and honorary president of the UNA of Serbia

Diplomatic Response Overdue

The issue of the so-called ‘self-proclaimed’ Kosovo joining Europe’s oldest political organisation has long been an open question. Attempts have been made and lobbying...

Slobodan G. Markovich, Institute for European Studies and Faculty of Political Science

U.S. Elections More Critical for EU Future than EP Elections

While the EU’s right-wing parties are expected to make gains, these gains shouldn’t be expected to substantially alter the composition of the Parliament or...

Ivana Radić Milosavljević, Assistant Professor in European Studies at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Political Sciences

Not all Right-Wing Parties are Likeminded

The outcome of the European Parliament election is unlikely to cause a dramatic shift in EU policy, particularly foreign policy, but it could hamper...

Rajko Petrović, Research Associate at the Institute of European Studies

The EU Idea is Stronger than the Outcome of Less Important Elections

The electorate’s shift to the right won’t change the nature and essence of the idea of the European Union, and thus neither will it...

DM Celebrates 20 Years of Business in Serbia

On the occasion of its significant anniversary, two decades of successful operations in Serbia, dm drogerie markt organised a...

New Joint Venture Forms to Revolutionize Balkan Logistics

In a strategic move to enhance logistics operations in the Western Balkans, Transfera, a leading logistics company in the...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

Exciting, energising and breathtaking – the Mercedes‑AMG PureSpeed concept is the highlight in the run-up to the Formula 1™...

Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

Serbia Ascends as Key Trade Partner for Germany

Serbia is set to become a net exporter to Germany by 2025, overtaking its imports from the economic powerhouse,...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

Exciting, energising and breathtaking – the Mercedes‑AMG PureSpeed concept is the highlight in the run-up to the Formula 1™...

Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

EU Sets Global Standard with World’s First Artificial Intelligence Act

The European Union has taken a pioneering step by adopting the world's first Artificial Intelligence Act, setting a potential...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...

Concept Mercedes-AMG PureSpeed

Exciting, energising and breathtaking – the Mercedes‑AMG PureSpeed concept is the highlight in the run-up to the Formula 1™...

Western Balkans Chambers of Commerce Sign Tourism Cooperation Memorandum in US Congress

A landmark Memorandum of Cooperation has been signed at the US Congress, uniting the Chambers of Commerce of the...

EU Sets Global Standard with World’s First Artificial Intelligence Act

The European Union has taken a pioneering step by adopting the world's first Artificial Intelligence Act, setting a potential...

Montenegro’s Independence Day Celebrated

Celebrating Montenegro's Independence Day with an Exhibition on Montenegrin Cyrillic Printing from the 15th and 16th Centuries. In commemoration of...

Business Event Hosts Serbian Employment Service Presentation

In Belgrade on the 15th of May, the Slovenian Business Club, in collaboration with the National Employment Service of...
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