Pristina, 9 June 2011 Today, a memorandum of understanding was signed by MED and the German Association for International Cooperation GIZ, as part of the cooperation between the Republic of Kosovo and the Federal Republic of Germany on the development of common projects in different spheres. This memorandum will be the basis for future contractual arrangements aimed at co-funding a project on efficient lighting in public facilities at the municipal level.
This project, signed today by the Minister of Economic Development, Besim Beqaj, the Head of Project, Gabriele Becker, and mayors of five municipalities, is in conformity with European standards on energy efficiency and in complete harmony with the National Energy Efficiency Plan, which envisages an increase of energy efficiency of 9% by 2018.
While expressing gratitude to GIZ for the cooperation, Minister Beqaj said that the purpose of this project is to contribute to the modernization of lighting in public facilities and street lighting, whereas the main funder in this exercise will be MED.
He said that the Law on Energy Efficiency passed its first reading and that the ministry is interested to utilize the resources that are becoming increasingly scarce in the most rational manner possible.
We know that public lighting was and remains a problem, and this project will represent a clear indication that efficient use of energy represents an exercise with double positive effect. First, there is energy saving and second there is a saving in costs because of the longevity of these efficient bulbs, said Beqaj.
The minister said that Kosovo will be able to report to the European Union that it is acting in conformity with their planning on energy consumption, meaning that it will be able to accomplish an improved efficient use of energy by 9%. According to Beqaj, MED aims to accomplish this objective by 2018, with support of its international partners.
GIZ representative, Gabriele Becker, said that part of the project Modernization of Municipal Services is also the project Improvement of Energy Efficiency in Kosovo, supported by the German Government and aim to improve awareness on utilization of energy saving technologies.
She said that along with energy and money saving, energy efficiency measures also help the preservation of nature and provide for a healthy environment that ensures better living conditions, which is the projects primary objective.
This project will be implemented in a two-year timeframe and will encompass 5 municipalities- Prishtina, Mitrovica, Ferizaj, Podujevo and Gjilan.
Also, another beneficiary of this project will be the Dormitory No. 4 of the Students Center of University of Prishtina.
The overall project value is set at 372,970.00 euro and will be co-funded by MED, GIZ and the municipalities.