Mihajlovic: HPP "Djerdap" an example of regional, interstate cooperation, today more than ever unity is needed
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, said at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the work of "Djerdap 1", that the construction of this hydroelectric power plant is an example of how large, joint, interstate regional projects are prepared and implemented.
"Serbia and Romania are an example of good neighbors in our region, two countries that have historically been connected by good relations between the two countries and friendship between the two peoples." Our two peoples have always been friendly. We have good business, friendly, family and relationships that bring new projects. Fifty years ago, with the commissioning of the Djerdap 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant, Serbia and Romania gained an important and unbreakable bond, connecting in the production of electricity. HPP "Đerdap" made the Danube a river that does not separate us, but connects us, and whose potential we have managed to use together for the production of electricity, and the cleanest, green energy. "The construction of HPP" Djerdap 1 "still stands today as an example of how large, joint, interstate regional projects are being prepared and implemented," she said.
Deputy Prime Minister stated that engineers and all workers in Serbia and Romania who participated in the construction of the HPP deserve special gratitude.
"This is an example that when you have a vision, you can overcome all obstacles, and there were many of them, which were successfully overcome by Serbian and Romanian builders when they redirected the flow of the Danube to build this powerful hydroelectric power plant." While we express our gratitude to the engineers and all the workers who made HPP Djerdap what it is, one of the pillars of our energy security, we are equally aware of the obligation we have today to manage the energy systems of our countries. We have an obligation to invest in revitalization to extend the life of our joint hydropower plants. But, we have an obligation to look to the future, as they did before us, when they made the decision to enter such a large and complex project, "she said.
Mihajlovic said that, at a time when the whole of Europe and the world are facing challenges and crises and at the same time carrying out the process of energy transition, cooperation, joint projects and solidarity are needed.
"Just like 50 or 60 years ago, we need a brave view of the future, reliance on our own resources, faith in our knowledge, as well as a willingness to work together with our neighbors. I believe that, as 50 years ago, energy should be a link that will connect our two countries and that, as our predecessors built "Djerdap", we should work together on some new projects that will provide us with energy "security, a healthy environment and faster development and progress that we strive for," said Mihajlovic.