President Zoran Milanović and Council President Julije Domac (Photo: Goran Stanzl/PIXSELL) President Zoran Milanović and Council President Julije Domac (Photo: Goran Stanzl/PIXSELL)

President Milanović said he wanted his residency to focus on raising awareness of the need for a transition to cleaner forms of energy.

“When I stepped into office, I decided which issues I wanted to focus on. I did not choose demographics, as my predecessor did, but raising awareness of the need for energy transition,” Milanović said following the council’s inaugural meeting.

The President’s special adviser on energy and climate, Julie Domac, has been chosen to chair the council, comprising 16 Croatian experts in the fields of energy, telecommunications, and economics.

Domac and his team are tasked with drafting a policy document that can later be incorporated in law. He warned that in the first six months of this year, 40 percent of the energy produced in EU countries came from renewable sources, while 34% were fossil fuels.  

The Council will advise the President, propose guidelines for energy transition, and elevate the goals and quality of work in all sectors that relate to this issue.

“Energy transition is not a question of technology, but equality, giving equal opportunity to all citizens to generate income from renewable energy sources and investing in the best possible pension fund. It is an issue of sustainability, morality, generational solidarity, patriotism, and one that concerns our future,” Domac said.

He added that Croatia had experts in this field, enormous financing opportunities from the EU, and now, a political framework to speed up the transition.

The council includes representatives of state-run energy firms and government energy agencies, academic institutions, and private sector companies.