Green agenda for exiting the climate and energy crisis

The energy system from being centralized and monopolized should grow into a democratic system that will allow citizens greater control and choice both in energy consumption and in their role as producers of energy from renewable sources.

At the second part of the event "The Green European Agreement - A step forward", with the support of the European Green Foundation, there was a debate about the possibilities, but also the shortcomings of this pivotal European regulation, in the context of the countries of the Western Balkans and the Macedonian perspective for EU membership.

Excellent presentations were given by Zekija Memedova Hristova, a researcher from the Sunrise Association, and Vanya Jinlev, a research assistant and researcher from the TD Lab at ETH Zurich, who addressed the environmental and energy crises we are facing, the consequences of which we all feel.

One of the conclusions is that we need a holistic approach that integrates social rights from the beginning and will complement aspects of the European Green Deal and accordingly the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans.

In that sense, changes in energy, biodiversity protection, reduction of air, water and soil pollution, sustainable and circular economy and agriculture and greater fairness in the use of resources are necessary.

Therefore, it was concluded that the formation of energy communities, cooperatives and cooperatives should be supported, the fight to prevent heavy extractive industries that leave huge consequences on the environment and the local population should be helped, and work towards networking in green activism as a complement of democracy and the decision-making process.