Zagreb hosted an energy conference on Tuesday, at which participants discussed a number of key issues, including transitioning to a green and digital economy, what kind of investments Europe wants and how to best spend EU funds.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković today participated in a virtual conference on the energy sector being hosted by Zagreb. Addressing the key issues of how to transition to a green economy and how to make the best use of the billions of Euros being provided by the European Union, the prime minister said energy transition represents a serious opportunity for Croatia: "This means that this a real opportunity for the energy sector and for this decade to be synonymous with a digital and green transformation for Croatia through funds that we have at our disposal in an amount that we have never before had at our disposal," Plenković said.
All of the participants agreed that energy transition, with an emphasis on renewable energy, cannot be stopped, and that the only real question is how Europe will adapt to it. Prime Minister Plenković noted that Croatia's path to a green transition is not in question, as it is clearly defined in all of the strategic documents the country has adopted.
Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, noted that at the European level some 1.8 trillion Euros will be distributed over the next seven years from the European budget and recovery plan: “30% of these funds will be directed to the green transition and it will be the largest public support in the fight against climate change in the history of Europe,” Simson said.
Europe, as a world leader in implementing green policies, wants to become climate neutral by 2050.