Belgrade, October 8th 2019

Project Working Group meeting for Belgrade Energy Efficiency and CBEMI projects was held today with the representatives of the Ministry of European Integration (MEI), Ministry of Mining and Energy (MoME), Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS), EU Delegation to Serbia (EUD), Regional Agency for Development and European Integration Belgrade (RAREI), Belgrade City Library, City of Belgrade Emergency Medical Institute (CBEMI), Institute for Student Health Care (ZZZZS) and EU PPF6 project team in MEI premises and finished with CBEMI site visit.

The meeting was aimed to present the findings of the Draft Feasibility Study and CBA for CBEMI and Pre-Feasibility Study for Belgrade City Library, Student Healthcare Centre and Student Hospital (Belgrade EE project) prepared by the EU PPF6 team as part of the technical documentation development for their thermal rehabilitation.

JASPERS team noted that the proposed measures in all four buildings, are not solely related to energy efficiency, but they contain many other measures that will contribute to their full rehabilitation, with different types of works and additional space. EU PPF6 team affirmed that the objectives of this project are broader than energy efficiency upgrade in these buildings. Thus, implementation of the proposed measures would enhance living and working conditions, quality of service and capacity building, improve building’s sustainability, with focus on improving energy efficiency of these public buildings. MEI and EUD are fully supporting the project and its objectives. Hence, the scope of all possible interventions on these buildings was programmed within the Annual Action Programme for the Republic of Serbia for 2018, EU for Environment and Climate Action.

In terms of property matters, legal status of the City library is resolved, and construction permit process is ongoing whilst the other three buildings are in the process of resolving various legal property issues.

EU PPF6 team used this opportunity to also present the savings for each renovation scenario and respective EE class improvement of each building and the results achieved were compared to deep renovation principle. Though the deep renovation principle i.e. obtaining the highest energy class is not achieved, since the Belgrade EE buildings are under the cultural heritage protection system, the overall energy savings of 66% show that the saving potential has been fully exploited. In the next period EU PPF6 team will prepare Financial and economic analysis for each building separately according to the methodology approved by JASPERS.

After the meeting, JASPERS and other meeting parties visited CBEMI building for better insight into the current status of the building and the necessity for implementation of the measures envisaged by the project. CBEMI representatives gave a presentation of the building deficiencies, as well as the plans for future development, such as providing better working conditions for the Call centre staff and expansion of the Education centre.