May 30, 2024
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MEF Energy Forum 2023 in Skopje

The recent MEF Energy Forum 2023, held in Skopje, brought together global leaders, experts, and policymakers to discuss strategies for accelerating the green transition and transforming energy systems. Organized by the ZIP Institute, a recipient of the first call of the WBF Move Grants, this forum served as a platform for thought-provoking debates on crucial topics such as modernizing the grid, sustainable energy supply, and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. With esteemed participants, including world leaders and prominent figures from the energy sector, the event highlighted the importance of collaboration and innovation in shaping a sustainable future.

Empowering Change through the WBF Move Grants:

The MEF Energy Forum 2023 showcased the impact of the WBF Move Grants, an innovative grant scheme designed to support transformative projects in the energy sector. As an exemplification of the power of these grants, the ZIP Institute successfully organized this high-profile event, providing a space for critical discussions on energy transition. The Move Grants, part of the portfolio supported by the Swiss Government, have played a vital role in fostering institutional development and diversification of grants within the WBF framework.

Exploring Key Themes and Participants:

During the forum, participants engaged in stimulating conversations surrounding key themes, including the green transition, modernization of the grid, and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Esteemed guests in attendance included H.E. Stevo Pendarovski, President of North Macedonia, and H.E. Stepjan Mesic, former President of Croatia. The presence of influential figures such as the Deputy Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Fatmir Bitikji, and ministers responsible for energy and infrastructure from various Contracting Parties, including Ms. Balluku, Ms. Rizvanolli, Mr. Bekteshi, and Mr. Kosarac, underscored the importance of international collaboration in driving sustainable energy solutions.

The MEF Energy Forum 2023 received significant attention and support from international stakeholders. H.E. Angela Aggeler, the United States Ambassador to Skopje, and Mr. Vassalo, the Deputy Ambassador of the European Delegation to Skopje, were present at the event, demonstrating the global significance of discussions held during the forum. Their presence underscored the commitment of their respective nations to tackling climate change and promoting sustainable energy practices.

Looking Ahead: Future Call for Move Grants:

As the MEF Energy Forum 2023 drew to a close, the success of the event served as a testament to the positive impact of the Move Grants. In light of this achievement, a new call for Move Grants is set to be announced soon, offering further opportunities for innovative projects in the energy sector. With the support of the Swiss Government, the WBF continues to foster institutional development and encourage the diversification of grants, empowering organizations like the ZIP Institute to drive transformative change in the energy landscape.


The MEF Energy Forum 2023 in Skopje provided a platform for influential leaders, experts, and policymakers to come together and deliberate on pressing issues related to the green transition and energy transformation. As a showcase of the power of the WBF Move Grants, the event highlighted the importance of collaboration and innovation in driving sustainable energy solutions. With a diverse range of participants and international support, the forum served as a catalyst for change, inspiring participants to work towards a greener, more sustainable future.