Prime Minister Ana Brnabic attended today the signing of the Joint Declaration of Intent regarding strategic cooperation in the field of climate action between the Serbian Ministry of European Integration and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Joint Declaration was signed by Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic and State Secretary in the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development Maria Flachsbarth.
Brnabic recalled that today’s signing of the Declaration was announced during the recent visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Belgrade and underlined that in addition to the rule of law, the key priorities of the Serbian government in this mandate are the Green Agenda and environmental protection.
The Prime Minister noted that the field of environmental protection requires the biggest investments and that an investment worth €6 billion is necessary for wastewater purification plants alone, in order for Serbia to reach European standards.
Brnabic expressed gratitude to Germany for recognising Serbia a good and credible partner.
Joksimovic explained that with this Declaration, Serbia and Germany confirm once more their readiness to join the global initiative for the prevention of climate change and to work together, in a sustainable and efficient way, on a green, resilient and sustainable economy.
She pointed out that this Declaration is very important for the European path of our country and is one of the important steps in the process of negotiations for accession into the EU.
The Minister said that the amount of €309 million, which Serbia received by signing this Declaration, is the largest in the last ten years since Serbia has started working with Germany in the field of development cooperation.
She added that under this Declaration, Serbia will make an institutional model which will include German technical and expert assistance, and through the Working group it will continue to elaborate strategic documents on de-carbonisation, carbon dioxide emissions and renewable energy sources.
Flachsbarth said that the €309 million are the value of the package for one year and added that Germany is very happy that it will contribute in a concrete way, not only financially, but through expert assistance too, to a successful implementation of everything planned.
Source: srbija.gov.rs, Tanjug, Photo: Tanjug/Jadranka Ilić