Gerasimovski: Centar becomes the first energy efficient municipality in the country with an investment in renewable sources of over 1.7 million euros


Progressive leaders from the Western Balkans and from Europe at the Third Forum for Socio-Environmental Transformation, which is being held in Skopje today, are discussing the opportunities, but also the challenges that are a consequence of the transition from a conventional energy system to a clean energy system.

The first panel “Energy democracy in our cities and communities” of the Forum, organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, was attended by Razmena Cekić Durović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of North Macedonia, mayors of municipalities in the Republic of North Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia and representatives from civil society organizations.

Goran Gerasimovski, Mayor of the Municipality of Centar, said that he is proud that the Municipality of Centar carries the spirit of innovation and the application of the most efficient technologies, and that on his initiative he founded “Energija Centar”, an enterprise that will bring great benefit to many generations after us, and with it, will promote the Municipality of Centar as the first energy independent municipality in the country.

“With the implementation of this project, the municipality will be energy-independent and self-sustaining, and natural resources and potentials will be used in its development. The savings from the lower bills and the funds from the sale of excess electricity will be used for new energy efficient facades, more green areas, infrastructural solutions and projects that will benefit the citizens,” said Gerasimovski.

He indicated that the Municipality of Centar through “Energija Centar” can install power plants with a total maximum installed power of 2.44 megawatts, the total investment for installation would amount

The deputy mayor of Jastrebarsko in Republic of Croatia spoke about the positive examples in the municipality that save electricity and thereby, reduce carbon emissions. She pointed out that in Jastrebarsko a new smart system for street lighting has been installed, which is from renewable sources of energy, with which savings are made and environmental pollution is reduced.

Razmena Cekić Durović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economy, said that the Republic of North Macedonia is a contracting party with the European Energy Community, and during this period adopted the Roadmap for a just energy transition and decided to establish a Council for a just energy transition.

“We have adopted a National Strategy and a National Action Plan. We, as a country, must follow the European guidelines and harmonize the strategic documents according to the European legislation,” said Cekić.

Nora Sophie Griefan, director of the NGO Cradle to Cradle, as well as Aleksander Kavchnik, President of the Union of Mineworkers in Slovenia, took part in this panel.

In the opening speeches of the Forum, it was pointed out that the energy transition should ensure environmental protection, but also social justice.

The director of Progress – Institute for Social Democracy, Sasho Dodovski, said that in the past two years, by organizing the two socio-ecological forums, a serious step forward has been made because expert people are gathered in one place, which provides maximum contribution towards contributing to socio-ecological transformation.

“North Macedonia is leader in these processes and successful steps have been taken in energy transformation that will contribute to the preservation of the environment,” said Dodovski.

Jonas Andersson, from the Olof Palme International Center, emphasized that the socio-ecological transition is a challenge that we all face and emphasized that no one can do everything, but we all can have a part, because the climate transition is the most important challenge of ours, and the next generations.

The director of FES Dialogue Southeast Europe, René Schlee, expressed satisfaction that many mayors from different municipalities in the region are leaders of the socio-ecological transformation and are part of today’s forum where it will be discussed how to give the opportunity to the implementers at the local level at the national level. Schlee thanked the Olof Palme Center, the Progress Institute and the FES team from Skopje for the excellent organization and list of panelists.