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11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us both in Skopje and online to explore the issue of Energy Democracy in North Macedonia. What are the possibilities of overcoming the current energy crisis in the country and the region?

About the Event

The energy crisis has deepened across Europe and with the chronic coal dependency of the Balkan region, we need to push for renewable energy more than never before. In this seminar, we will elaborate on the European experiences of transition in the energy sector and seek ways to stimulate positive changes in North Macedonia. Joined by various expert voices, we will also discuss the links between energy policy and the fight for a more democratic and inclusive society.

The discussions will later on result in a public policy document that will improve the legislation on the prosumer and energy cooperative models, envisioning a wider use of renewable energy to its full potential for the Balkan candidate country economies.


GEF and Sunrise are pioneers on the topic of Energy Democracy in North Macedonia and with this project we will continue to discuss energy transformation towards a participatory, inclusive, and decentralised green economy through promotion of the Energy Democracy concept. Together, we will contribute to the debates and practices on the EU level with experiences and challenges from the Balkans.


Aleksandar Gjorgjievski – National project coordinator and President of ASSED Sunrise
Dimitris Kitsikopoulos – Electra Energy Cooperative – Greece
Sara Tachelet – Communications manager at REScoop.eu – Brussels, Belgium
Strahinja Macić – Polekol – Belgrade, Serbia
Dragan Minovski – Professor at the Eletrotechnical Faculty of Shtip
Damjan Zlatanovski – Young activist and ecologist

Moderated by Hristijan Stanoevikj


11:00 Welcome and introduction 

11:10-12:00 Session with speaker on Energy Democracy  

12:00-12:30 Coffee break 

12:30-13:45 Panel discussion and Q&A 


When: Saturday, May 14th (11:00 – 14:00 CEST) 

Where: This is a hybrid event taking place in person in Skopje with online streaming and participation via Zoom. 

Language: The primary language is Macedonian but simultaneous translation in English will be provided. 

Register: In person participation is by invitation only (contact sien.hasker@gef.eu for more information). Online participation is open to everyone, please sign up via this link. 

This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Sunrise and with the financial support of the European parliament to the Green European Foundation. 


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