CAN Europe Publications on:

South East Europe

  • EU action on Western Balkans’ chronic coal pollution is a unique opportunity to improve health and productivity

    19.02.2019 | Press Releases

    Sixteen outdated coal power plants in the Western Balkans are a public health and economic liability for the whole of Europe, with people in the EU bearing the majority of the health impacts and costs, according to the new report by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Sandbag, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, CEE Bankwatch Network and Europe Beyond Coal. The

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  • Beyond "clean" coal: Balkans beyond coal news, Q4 2018

    17.12.2018 | Publication

    The most polluted capital in Europe, and other stories in this month's roundup of news.

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  • The Western Balkans pledge allegiance to EU’s energy and climate plan

    04.12.2018 | Press Releases

    One day after the EU Commission published its Long-Term Climate Strategy aiming at net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and just a few days before the the COP24 UNFCCC climate negotiations, which just started in Katowice, Poland - the ministers of Western Balkan countries which are parties to the Energy Community Treaty, gathered for the Ministerial Council, the Energy Community’s governing body, to pledge allegiance to the EU’s climate plans.

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  • Letter to Commissioner Cañete by CSOs Requesting Continued Support for Energy Community 2030 EE/RES/GHG Targets

    31.07.2018 | Letters to Policy Makers

    Dear Commissioner Mr Arias Cañete

    The Energy Community, which has brought together the European Union and its neighbours to create an integrated pan-European energy market, has been at the forefront of the Western Balkan countries' efforts to join the EU ever since it was founded in 2005.

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  • Why new coal in Turkey and the Balkans will test China’s and EU’s climate leadership

    20.06.2018 | Op-eds

    The EU and China have to live up to their responsibilities on climate change and use every opportunity to support the Western Balkans and Turkey to move beyond coal. This means renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, not new coal, argue Elif Gündüzyeli and Igor Kalaba.

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  • Western Balkans cannot track climate action without appropriate monitoring

    11.07.2017 | Op-eds

    The European Commission has just announced it will drop a mechanism to monitor progress in limiting greenhouse gas emissions in the Western Balkans. The decision will make it difficult to track and manage climate goals in a region that is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, warns Dragana Mileusnić.

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  • Coal Phase-out: Inter-ministerial Climate Action Group

    30.06.2017 | Blogs

    Western Balkans leaders committed to work on the energy transition at a Ministerial meeting that took place in Austria in early June. They established an inter-ministerial Climate Action Group, aimed at regional coordination of the national energy and climate plans. The group will be meeting twice per year and its agenda is yet to be filled.

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  • News from the Balkans: Serbia ratifies Paris Agreement but keeps planning new coal

    01.06.2017 | Blogs

    On 29 May 2017 Serbia ratified the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, in the same time, the Government put out a draft of the national Energy Strategy Implementation Plan, prioritising new coal project and foreseeing further exploration of coal deposits in the country. National NGOs will be fighting these plans in the coming months.

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  • Enlargement countries fail to progress on climate and energy reforms

    08.11.2016 | Press Releases

    Belgrade, Brussels, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Zagreb, 8 November 2016 – Coal continues to dominate the energy systems of the Western Balkan countries aspiring to become EU members, while the uptake of renewable energy has been extremely slow. These are the main conclusions of a new scorecard report launched today by a group of NGOs (1), ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s annual enlargement reports scheduled for tomorrow. 

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  • Briefing From Paris to Marrakech and beyond: What next for climate policy in the Western Balkans?

    04.11.2016 | Reports & Briefs

    This briefing analyses the future of the climate policy in the Western Balkans. 

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  • Useful South East Europe Resources

    05.06.2016 | Blogs

    Here you find a range of useful external South East Europe climate and energy resources. For all South East Europe climate and energyrelated CAN Europe publications, go here.

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  • No new coal projects!

    05.06.2016 | Blogs

    Most of the new coal plants under construction or recently commissioned were given their construction permits before 2008. Since then, a majority of plans to build new coal power stations have in fact been shelved.

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  • CAN Europe's interactive Coal Map of Europe

    05.06.2016 | Blogs

    CAN Europe's interactive Coal Map of Europe gives an overview of the role of coal in our electricity system.

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  • Climate targets in Southeast Europe

    23.05.2016 | Blogs

    All countries of Southeast Europe are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and have signed up to the Paris Agreement. Becuase they all seek to join the EU well before 2030, their climate pledges should be in line with the EU’s target - currently set to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

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  • SEE 2050 Energy Model: Fairer, cleaner, more efficient energy systems in South East Europe!

    23.05.2016 | Blogs

    CAN Europe supports regional NGOs working on promoting the solutions for South East Europe’s energy future: energy efficiency and 100% sustainable renewables. We are part of South East Europe Sustainable Energy Partnership (SEE SEP), a group of 18 NGOs who developed an energy model for 7 countries of Southeast Euope and the region as a whole.

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  • EU accession negotiations & Coalition 27

    21.05.2016 | Blogs

    In 2003, at the Thessaloniki Summit, the European leaders com­mitted to help the integration of the remain­ing Southeast European states into the EU. The promised EU membership is highly conditional – it is only granted if countries meet all economic and political crite­ria, and align their policies with the EU, including the ones on energy, climate and environment.

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  • The Energy Community

    21.05.2016 | Blogs

    The Energy Community is an intergovernmental organization dealing with energy policy in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea region.

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  • CAN Europe Post-Paris Briefing on South East Europe

    02.05.2016 | Reports & Briefs

    The briefing on South East Europe was developed in spring 2016 to give a brief overview and update on South East Europe and its relevance for EU climate policy after the UNFCCC international climate agreement that was made in Paris in December 2015.

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  • South East Europe

    17.03.2016 | Blogs



    Southeast European countries still rely heavily on coal. Most plants are old and extremely polluting: the

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  • The future of coal is grim, after the Paris Agreement

    09.03.2016 | Op-eds

    The countries from Southeastern Europe have the potential to achieve much more emission reductions compared to what they have put on the table in Paris.

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Viktor Berishaj in Brussels
Energy Policy Coordinator for Southeast Europe
viktor /at/
+32 4714 38 442


Stevan Vujasinović in Belgrade
Communications Coordinator for Southeast Europe
stevan /at/
+381 63 390 218

Latest Publications on South East Europe

  • Delays to Balkan energy transition cost more

    ▶️ One Balkan country clocks its first coal-free days,▶️ Another is rushing in the opposite direction, reviving shelved projects for a new coal plant.▶️ 2-speed energy transition in the Western Balkans,▶️ but delaying just transition beyond coal costs more.  Read the latest news and stories from the region's journey beyond coal. Delays to Balkan energy transition cost more Europe Beyond Coal unites civil society groups across our continent in working towards a swift and just transition away from coal-fired electricity and towards sustainable, renewable energy… Go to this presentation here   Read the previous issue: Make-or-Break Time for Balkan Green Agenda 
  • Make-or-Break Time for the Balkan Green Agenda

    The EU accession process with the Western Balkans requires more climate action now!
  • The EU accession process with the Western Balkans requires more climate action now

    The time is right for the efforts by the EU, pursued under the Energy Community Treaty, which works to integrate the energy markets of the Union and its neighbours, and by the Western Balkan countries to pull together, not apart. The EU accession process with the Western Balkans requires more climate action now. Our shared resilience in the face of one of humanity’s most pressing crises depends on it, writes Viktor Berishaj, Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator for Southeast Europe, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe
  • Joint NGO proposals on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans

    We, the undersigned, welcome the European Commission’s (EC) work to advance the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, a timely opportunity to realise the region’s potential for sustainable development, allowing a better quality of life and a healthier environment.
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