A chapter written by Slavica Robić, Ivana Rogulj and Branko Ančić entitled “Energy poverty in the Western Balkans: adjusting policy responses to socio-economic drivers“, included in the book “Energy poverty and vulnerability: a global perspective“, was published by the prominent international publishing house Routledge, London.
Increases in energy prices pose a significant problem for many families in the Western Balkans region. Energy vulnerable groups in the region are facing adverse impacts on physical and mental health and they are unable to meet their basic needs. It is of utmost importance to find policy solutions which will enable easing of burden for affected households. This chapter examines the policy context and discusses the results of case study analyses undertaken in the Balkan countries, with the aim of identifying possible policy solutions to cost effectively tackle energy poverty in the region.