“Incorporating credible policies and maximising renewable energy deployment in NECPs is crucial. It ensures that the 2030 targets lead to climate neutrality by mid-century, aligning the Western Balkans with the EU’s framework and bolstering global efforts” – Viktor Berishaj, Western Balkans Energy & Climate Policy Coordinator

Following CAN Europe’s initial assessment of Albania and North Macedonia’s first NECPs in line with the new Energy Community timeline, a progress report urged enhanced ambition in updated drafts. CAN Europe also provided an assessment tool and supported public participation in NECP working groups.
An analysis on document credibility and cohesion was also carried out and published when Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Kosovo submitted their initial draft NECPs to the Energy Community Secretariat. Findings underscored the necessity for concrete actions, notably a defined coal phase-out strategy and measures for justly achieving 2030 climate and energy targets.

CAN Europe also analysed the political, economic, and regulatory frameworks for renewable energy development in North Macedonia and Serbia, in order to outline challenges and opportunities for decarbonisation. Policy recommendations were crafted to overcome identified barriers, fostering a just transition to sustainable, resilient, and efficient energy systems in both countries.