László Örlős, Managing Director of the Western Balkans Green Center (WBGC) was the latest guest of Green Policy Center’s „CLIMATE – Green Policy Minutes” podcast. Regarding the interview topic, László Örlős highlighted that there is a significant need for sharing the knowledge of green technology with stakeholders in the Western Balkans. Hungary contributes to the fulfilment of the climate protection commitments through an independent institutional financial mechanism under the guidance of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology. In the field of technology and innovation, Hungary’s geographical and cultural proximity and the close trade links with the Balkan countries are beneficial in the context of supporting their green economy transition. It is a well known fact that the Western Balkans are facing significant challenges and serious development needs in terms of the climate change process, for example the region has the worst air quality index in Europe. However, Managing Director Örlős emphasised that awareness relating to renewable energy is steadily increasing, and energy efficiency is becoming more and more important in the Western Balkans.

The discussion also covered successful projects supported by the WBGC, as well as the newly announced call for application, which is open until the 6th of August. These calls focus primarily on project preparation and capacity building and at the same time help to increase the international competitiveness and commercial viability of Hungarian enterprises, which is a desirable direction for domestic economic development. In the second part of the discussion, Managing Director Örlős stated that the WBGC and the Ministry for Innovation and Technology will also help the target countries in the future in a framework of international cooperation with the Energy Community, through the recently established Center of Excellence in Green Transition. This initiative will contribute to the development of renewable energy and climate protection plans through working groups, various training and twinning programmes, as well as supporting implementation programmes to address climate policies as well as challenges that regions relying on a carbon-based economy are facing.


The Hungarian version of the podcast discussion is available here:


The Green Policy Center’s  press release in Hungarian is available here:

Széchényi 2020