Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs - SECO

The main targets of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs – SECO are to integrate partner countries into the global economy and to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth of these countries, thus contributing to poverty reduction. SECO’s support is intended to trigger and complement efforts made by partner governments, regional and local entities, and the private sector. SECO also aims to strengthen partner countries’ resilience and response to economic and financial crisis, environmental disasters and political conflict.

SECO supports the provision and maintenance of infrastructure in the fields of energy. More specifically, this involves establishing or renovating public infrastructure, improving management of public utilities, and ensuring sound financing of operating and maintenance costs. SECO contributes to improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental pollution. SECO helps cities make their energy supply more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Implementing partner

Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia

Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia

Main activities of the Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME) in the field of energy efficiency (EE), as a State administration body competent for energy efficiency, are:

  • Creating policy, regulatory and incentive conditions for the rational use of energy and increasing EE
  • Preparation and implementation of Energy Efficiency Action Plans and other strategic documents in the field of EE, monitoring effects of implemented EE measures and achieved energy savings in energy production, distribution and consumption sectors (buildings, industry, traffic)
  • Harmonization of the legal system of the Republic of Serbia with the regulations of the European Union in the field of efficient use of energy
  • Implementation and monitoring of the projects aiming to increase EE.

EE is a very important element of energy policy and sustainable development and also a way to fight climate change. Additionally, it is a driver of economic activities and contributes to increasing competitiveness of the economy and reducing energy costs for all energy users where energy efficiency measures are implemented.

EE policy in the Republic of Serbia, that is in the constant process of alignment with the latest EU regulations in the EE field, is defined by the Energy Sector Development Strategy, the Program for implementation of Energy Sector Development Strategy and the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs).

Energy efficiency, which is recognized as the “new energy source”, is at the heart of the transition to a resource-efficient economy and the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.