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EU4Energy Governance publishes brief on benefits of new law on energy efficiency in buildings for Georgian citizens

on 9 August 2019

The EU-funded EU4Energy Governance project is assisting Georgia with the adoption of a new draft law on energy performance in buildings, and in preparing a series of building regulations. The new law will ensure that buildings are more energy efficient and wasted energy is reduced. Citizens will reap the benefits of more energy-efficient homes: lower energy bills, a higher level of comfort, and a healthier home environment.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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EU4Energy Governance publishes policy brief on Moldova’s electricity market reform

on 29 July 2019

On 29 July, the EU4Energy Governance project published a policy brief on the urgent need for electricity market reform in Moldova. It also issues key recommendations on the next steps to be taken in the reform process. 

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Ukraine to have a strategy on buildings renovation

on 19 July 2019

The EU4Energy Governance project undertakes to support Ukraine in developing a long-term strategy for mobilizing investment in the renovation of the national stock of residential and commercial buildings, to boost their energy efficiency.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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First meeting of Energy Community platform for electricity generation companies takes place in Vienna

Electricity
on 18 July 2019

Today, representatives of publicly and privately owned coal-based electricity generation companies from all Energy Community Contracting Parties concerned met for the first time in Vienna under the umbrella of the “GENEnC Platform”. The GENEnC is a cooperation platform which aims to intensify cooperation with electricity generation companies in the Energy Community. Recognizing their pivotal role in the energy transition, the platform seeks to address the challenges of the energy transition in a cost-effective, socially acceptable and acquis-compliant way, while enabling the best use of new market opportunities.

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Secretariat submits two Reasoned Requests to Ministerial Council

on 17 July 2019

On 12 July 2019, two Reasoned Requests were submitted to the Ministerial Council for a decision under Article 91 of the Energy Community Treaty. One case (ECS-6/18) concerns the incomplete transposition and lack of implementation of the provisions of Directive 2001/80/EC on large combustion plants by Kosovo*, while the other (ECS-13/17) addresses the exclusion of interconnection point Horgoš from unrestricted third party access regime and capacity allocation mechanisms by the gas transmission system operator of the Republic of Serbia.

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Secretariat updates the Projects of Energy Community Interest and Projects of Mutual Interest Transparency Platform - PLIMA

on 16 July 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat, in line with the provisions of the adapted Regulation 347/2013, has updated the Energy Community Transparency Platform – PLIMA. The platform provides information about the technical details and the status of the projects. Furthermore, it highlights the future development schedule, along with the approximate routing on an interactive map.

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EU4Energy technical assistance to identify solutions for renovation of residential and commercial buildings in Moldova

on 15 July 2019

On 15 July, Energy Community experts and representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of Moldova met in Chisinau to set in motion technical assistance to support the Moldovan Government in preparing a strategy and roadmap for mobilizing investments to renovate and upgrade existing buildings, so they are more energy efficient.  

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Electricity transmission system operators of Montenegro and Italy launch public consultation on harmonized rules and choice of allocation platform for undersea cable between Italy and Montenegro

on 1 July 2019

Ahead of the expected entry into operation of the new electricity interconnection between Montenegro and Italy, the two countries’ electricity transmission system operators, CGES and TERNA, launched today a public consultation on the rules to be applied for the allocation of transmission rights on this border. 

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Informal Energy Community Ministerial Council focuses on treaty amendments and 2030 targets

on 28 June 2019

Ministers of Energy Community Contracting Parties responsible for energy, climate and environment and senior official of the European Commission gathered today in Hainburg an der Donau to discuss amendments to the Energy Community Treaty. With respect to the Clean Energy Package, they exchanged views on the way forward for adopting 2030 targets in the Energy Community for renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction. The meeting was opened by the Minister of Economy and Infrastructure of Moldova, H.E. Vadim Brinzan, on behalf of the Energy Community Presidency in Office.

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Sustainability Forum identifies ways to embrace a decarbonized future in the Energy Community 

on 27 June 2019

The third Sustainability Forum took place under the auspices of the Energy Community in cooperation with Balkan Green Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation and The Nature Conservancy on 27 June 2019 in Vienna. The Forum gathered Ministers and Deputy Ministers responsible for energy, environment and climate change of the Energy Community Contracting Parties, high-level officials of the European Commission, EU Member States and Contracting Parties as well as representatives of academia, civil society and non-governmental organisations to discuss the best ways for the Energy Community to embrace a decarbonized energy future.

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European and Mediterranean regulators team up on empowering consumers to benefit from the energy transition

 

on 26 June 2019

Yesterday’s trilateral workshop of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the
Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and the Association of Mediterranean Energy
Regulators (MEDREG), in Brussels, aims to strengthen regulatory dialogue across Europe and
the broader Mediterranean region to support consumers in becoming active energy market
participants. The focus of this joint event was on consumer empowerment in the digital era and
in the context of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.

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Independence of the regulatory authority of Ukraine at risk

on 25 June 2019

A ruling of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine of 13 June 2019 declared several provisions of the law establishing the national energy regulatory authority, NEURC, in violation of the country’s constitution. Besides concerns related to the dismissal and appointment of commissioners by the President of Ukraine, the Constitutional Court in particular held that NEURC’s status as an independent body is unconstitutional.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat outlines the steps needed for a successful energy and climate transition in the Energy Community

on 24 June 2019

On the occasion of this week’s informal meeting of Energy Community ministers responsible for energy, climate and environment and the Sustainability Forum, the Secretariat published a follow-up to its 2018 Wachau Manifesto. The document outlines ten building blocks as input to this week’s energy transition discussion and beyond.

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Secretariat continues dispute settlement procedures against Albania for lack of unbundling of electricity distribution operators

on 21 June 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat continues the ex officio preliminary dispute settlement procedures opened against Albania in January 2018 for the lack of on effective unbundling of the country’s electricity distribution system operator, OShEE.  Albania was not able to remedy the arguments raised in the Secretariat’s Opening Letter as regards the failure to comply with its obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.

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Director unveils final results of study on coal subsidies and their impacts at EU Sustainable Energy Week

on 20 June 2019

Today at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, Director Kopač underlined the serious situation in the coal sector of the Energy Community Contracting Parties where direct subsidies amounted to EUR 1,2 billion in 2015-2017. On top of this, hidden subsidies, notably the non- payment of a carbon tax, totalled EUR 1,9 billion on an annual basis. In the three most coal intensive Contracting Parties (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and Serbia), coal subsidies were in absolute terms significantly higher than renewables support. The resulting market distortions and unsustainable consumption patterns are putting the region’s energy transition further at risk.

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ECRB-MEDREG workshop highlights importance of regulatory cooperation for stimulating renewables uptake

 

on 19 June 2019

On 18 June in Tirana, regulatory authorities of the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) discussed the development of a regionally coherent approach to renewable energy market regulation in the Mediterranean and Energy Community regions. They called on International Financial Institutions to support the development of net metering. A large array of stakeholders engaged in the discussions, including the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), regulators, consultants and distribution system operators.

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Secretariat issues Opinion on the certification of the electricity transmission system operator MEPSO of North Macedonia

on 17 June 2019

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the certification of the transmission system operator for electricity, MEPSO, under the Third Energy Package. Subject to a more in-depth assessment by the country’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on the independence between the ministry in control of MEPSO and the Government, the Opinion supports the certification of MEPSO in line with the preliminary decision of ERC. 

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Moldova-Ukraine electricity market integration moves ahead

EU4ENERGY
on 14 June 2019

A second series of High Level Policy Talks dedicated to electricity market integration between Ukraine and Moldova took place on 14 June in Odessa. Bringing together stakeholders from both countries, representatives of the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat, the event identified the remaining challenges for market integration between the two neighbouring Contracting Parties and agreed on the way ahead.

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North Macedonia becomes third Contracting Party to launch competitive process for supporting renewables

Renewable energy
on 13 June 2019

Renewable energy auctions are gaining ground in the Energy Community. On 6 June, the Ministry of Economy of North Macedonia launched the country’s first competitive tender for renewables. The auction aims to award state support for 35 MW of solar PV to be built on state-owned land in two locations, on ten plots in Amzabegovo (Sveti Nikole) and on one plot in Manastirec (Makedonski Brod).

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Director Kopač on the Three Seas Initiative

on 11 June 2019

This year, the Three Seas Initiative Summit and Business Forum took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Director Kopač moderated the Business Forum's Energy Panel, featuring interventions by United States Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, and Polish Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, Piotr Naimski. The panel was primarily dedicated to the challenges linked to the infrastructure redesign necessary to meet the needs of the low carbon economy transition. Director Kopač also held several side meetings, including with EU Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Violeta Bulc, Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister, Alenka Bratusek, and Director-General for Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development at the German Foreign Office, Miguel Berger.

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Energy Community prepares for joint energy and climate planning

on 7 June 2019

The paper “Consolidation of climate planning processes in the Energy Community Contracting Parties”, published today, provides the Contracting Parties with a concise and simple guidance on how they could consolidate their multiple climate change and energy planning processes and international obligations into one single process, ensuring efficiency and alignment. Prepared by NewClimate Institute, the paper gives a thorough overview of the various planning processes that are ongoing in the Contracting Parties, investigating the opportunities for aligning the timing of outputs and consolidating them into one single planning process.

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Cybersecurity in the Energy Community - Secretariat meets ENISA

Cybersecurity
on 29 May 2019

At a meeting between the Secretariat and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) yesterday in Athens, Greece, both institutions agreed to cooperate closely in extending the standards and rules applying in the European Union to the Contracting Parties.

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  • European Union European Union
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2019 Athens Forum addresses multidimensional challenge of the energy transition

Electricity
on 29 May 2019

This year’s Athens Electricity Forum shed light on some of the most pressing challenges currently shaping electricity markets in Europe. Participants agreed that the complex transition driven by the need to accommodate distributed generation and rapid technological advancements can best be tackled by working together.

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Energy digitalisation tops the agenda of a workshop of the Energy Community, Eastern Partnership and European regulators

on 22 May 2019

Digitalisation of the energy sector was the focus of the Eastern Partnership workshop in Minsk, Belarus, jointly organised by the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB), the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and the European Commission.

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Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia move ahead on day-ahead market establishment

Electricity
on 21 May 2019

The WB6 electricity monitoring report, released today by the Secretariat, points to positive developments in the establishment of day-ahead markets in Montenegro and North Macedonia. However, the pace of reforms in the WB6 region overall must be accelerated if market coupling is to take place within the time horizon foreseen. The establishment of a legal framework harmonised with the Third Energy Package and a power exchange, the key prerequisites, are yet to be completed by all WB6 Contracting Parties.

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Independence of Ukraine’s regulatory authority improved

on 20 May 2019

An assessment issued by the Energy Community Secretariat today concludes that reasonable improvements have been made to boost the effective independence of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Energy and Utilities of Ukraine (NEURC) during the last 14 months.

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Secretariat welcomes abolition of Bulgarian electricity export fee

Electricity
on 10 May 2019

Yesterday, the Bulgarian Parliament adopted amendments to the Bulgarian Energy Law which abolish the fee levied on exports of electricity. The amendments will enter into force on 1 July 2019.

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Secretariat publishes Policy Guidelines to boost competition and liquidity of wholesale electricity markets

on 9 May 2019

Upon invitation of the 2018 Energy Community Athens Forum on Electricity, the Secretariat published today Policy Guidelines on Increasing Competition and Liquidity of Wholesale Electricity Markets, including Power Exchanges. The recommendations therein consist of legal and regulatory measures to boost competition on national wholesale markets and increase liquidity on power exchanges.

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Secretariat submits Reasoned Request regarding the certification of Yugorosgaz-Transport as transmission system operator to the Ministerial Council

on 29 April 2019

On 26 April 2019, the Secretariat submitted a Reasoned Request to the Ministerial Council for a decision under Article 91 of the Energy Community Treaty. It concerns Serbia’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Treaty, in particular Articles 10, 14, 15 and 11 of Directive 2009/73/EC and Article 24 of Regulation (EC) 715/2009, because the regulatory authority certified Yugorosgaz-Transport under the Independent System Operator model without fulfilling the requirements.

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Secretariat proceeds with infringement case against Serbia for failure to ensure third party access on Hungary-Serbia gas interconnector

on 19 April 2019

On 19 April 2019, the Secretariat sent a Reasoned Opinion to Serbia for its failure to ensure unrestricted non-discriminatory third party access to the Horgoš interconnection point. Thereby, Serbia infringes its obligation to ensure non-discriminatory third party access to the natural gas transmission system. The Reasoned Opinion is the second step in the dispute settlement procedure initiated by the Secretariat in July 2018.

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  • Serbia Serbia
  • Hungary Hungary
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Energy Community’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre hosts its first “Coffee, Cake and Dispute Resolution” event

on 18 April 2019

Yesterday, arbitration lawyers, energy specialists and members of the academia came together not only for the traditional Viennese coffee and Apfelstrudel, but also for interesting debates.  Yas Banifatemi, co-head of the International Arbitration practice at Shearman&Sterling, shared her experience on managing parallel arbitration, mediation and court proceedings.  Yas offered the audience an overview of applicable rules, laws, bilateral and multilateral agreements, a critical analysis of the current system, as well as optimistic views on how the system will improve in the future.

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International community unites to help Bosnia and Herzegovina catch up with reforms in the energy sector

on 17 April 2019

On 16 April in Neum, Ambassadors of the United States of America, United Kingdom and Germany, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation and Director of the Energy Community Secretariat held a meeting with Prime Ministers of both entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Radovan Višković  and Mr Fadil Novalić, and the state Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Mr Mirko Šarović, to discuss the state of energy sector reforms.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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EU4Energy delivers draft gas storage methodology for Georgia

on 17 April 2019

Today, the final workshop took place under the EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing a natural gas storage tariff methodology for Georgia. The event followed a series of meetings with the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Commission (GNERC) and the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC), which provided an overview of European best practices on gas storage regulation. 

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Energy Community prepares to address the cybersecurity challenge

on 12 April 2019

The first Energy Community Cybersecurity Day took place on 11 April in Vienna. The event opened a new chapter in the activities of the Energy Community which will endeavour to answer the needs of the Contracting Parties in ensuring safe and secure energy system operation.

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EU4Energy Governance workshop presents preliminary results of the assessment carried out within the process of selecting key regional infrastructure projects

on 10 April 2019

Today, stakeholders across the Eastern Partner countries - Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – met in Kyiv to discuss the preliminary results of assessment of energy infrastructure projects in the Eastern Partnership countries.

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Armenia Armenia
  • Belarus Belarus
  • Georgia Georgia
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Ukraine and its EU neighbours agree to improve cross-border electricity trade

Electricity
on 4 April 2019

Electricity transmission system operators and energy regulators of Ukraine (Ukrenergo, NEURC) and four neighbouring EU Member States – Hungary (MAVIR, HEO), Romania (Transelectrica, ANRE), Slovakia (SEPS, URSO) and Poland (PSE) - agreed to jointly allocate capacity at their electricity interconnections at a meeting hosted by the Secretariat. Existing capacity allocation mechanisms are highly inefficient and create significant barriers to cross-border activities. Their improvement is key to allowing efficient commercial exchanges with EU Member States and advancing market integration. Ukraine’s capacity allocation regime has also to be brought in compliance with the acquis.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat welcomes next step in establishing Montenegro power exchange

Electricity
on 1 April 2019

The Secretariat warmly welcomes the recent progress made in establishing a power exchange in Montenegro. BELEN, a company established by the Government of Montenegro to lead the establishment of a national day-ahead market, has selected Nord Pool as its strategic partner for setting up a power exchange in Montenegro.

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EU4Energy supports transposition of gas network codes in Moldova

on 1 April 2019

Under the EU4Energy technical assistance project, Energy Community Secretariat experts are drafting legal acts to transpose two Third Energy Package gas network codes into the national legal framework of Moldova. The working meeting with Moldovan stakeholders (National Energy Regulatory Agency of Moldova (ANRE), Moldovatransgaz, Moldovagaz) took place on 1 April in Chisinau.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Secretariat’s Report on Interoperability and Data Exchange Network Code highlights legal vacuum on EU-Contracting Party gas interconnectors

Gas
on 29 March 2019

The Secretariat published today a report analysing the state of implementation of the network code on interoperability and data exchange in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The report draws attention to the legal gap on gas interconnection points between the Contracting Parties and EU Member States due to the lack of binding applicability of the interoperability network code.  

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Secretariat questions compliance of state guarantee for the Tuzla 7 project with the State aid acquis

on 26 March 2019

On 26 March 2019, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Case ECS-10/18. It its letter, the Secretariat addressed its concerns with regard to the State aid compliance of a public guarantee granted in favour of the Export-Import Bank of China for a loan by the latter to the public utility Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo for the Tuzla 7 project. This guarantee has been found by the State Aid Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina not to contain elements of State aid.

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Study shows EUR 2.4 billion given up for coal subsidies annually in the Energy Community

on 25 March 2019

The Secretariat published today the preliminary results of a study revealing that the Energy Community Contracting Parties support electricity generated from coal with some EUR 2.4 billion of direct and certain types of indirect subsidies annually. The study concludes that with the elimination of state aid via direct subsidies to coal and introduction of a carbon price, not a single coal power plant in the Energy Community would be able to operate without significant losses. The study also shows that without direct and indirect subsidization of electricity generated from coal and other market distortions, in particular cross-subsidization between industry and households, the price of electricity to supply households would need to be increased by some 23% in Kosovo*, 29% in North Macedonia, 31% in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 37% in Montenegro and 49 % in Serbia. Under such conditions, prices for industrial consumers would have to be increased by 36% in Montenegro, 34% in North Macedonia, 30% in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18% in Serbia, while in Kosovo* they would be decreased by 9%.

 

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Energy and Climate Technical Working Group continues work on 2030 Energy Community targets methodology

on 22 March 2019

Yesterday’s third Energy and Climate Technical Working Group continued to focus on defining the methodology for calculating 2030 targets for the Energy Community. The interim report was presented by a team of researchers from Technische Universität Wien, which discussed the upgraded methodology reflecting an ambition level comparable to EU Member States. The Secretariat was invited to continue working on the study with TU Wien, Joanneum and REKK, in close coordination with the European Commission and technical experts from the Contracting Parties. Once refined, the study will propose a range of targets that may be expected under aligned framework conditions in the Contracting Parties, taking into account differences in economic development.

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Secretariat to support new fund for promoting use of renewable district energy in Western Balkans

on 22 March 2019

 

Efficient district energy (heating and cooling) systems are perfect for the application of energy from renewable sources and use of waste heat. Renewables can be more affordable for the district energy system operators and end-customers, compared to energy from fossil fuels. However, their potential is greatly underexploited in the Western Balkans Region due to the lack of information and know-how. In addition, district energy systems operators are sometimes reluctant to invest resources in new technologies due to the lack of financial support.

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Georgia to acquire energy performance certification system for buildings under EU4Energy support

on 15 March 2019

On 15 March, the first meeting of the working group created in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, aimed at developing national regulations on certification of the energy performance of buildings and a template of the energy performance certificate for Georgia, took place in Tbilisi. Experts will work on developing a rating scheme for assessing energy performance and a classification system of buildings on a scale from A to G by calculating the specific annual primary energy consumption for each energy class, aligned with reference climatic data, compliant with Directive 2010/31/EU.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Renewable Energy Coordination Group discusses how to scale up renewables in the Energy Community

on 13 March 2019

In an environment that has till now been largely dominated by coal, renewables will have to be deployed at an unprecedented pace in the Energy Community. Investing in the future will bring many challenges to be tackled by the Energy Community Contracting Parties and the Renewable Energy Coordination Group supported by the Secretariat as well as donors and International Financial Organizations. This was the key message of the 7th Energy Community Renewable Energy Coordination Group meeting on 12 March in Vienna.

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Energy Efficiency Coordination Group in Sarajevo works to transform legal obligations into practical energy efficiency policies and measures

Energy efficiency
on 7 March 2019

The Energy Community’s Energy Efficiency Coordination Group (EECG), a regional working group and platform supporting energy efficiency acquis implementation and donor support coordination, met on 5 March in Sarajevo. More than 60 representatives from the Energy Community Contracting Parties, Observers, the European Commission, international financial organizations and donors, as well as civil society and other energy efficiency experts, took part in the meeting.  

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EU4Energy to support Georgia in developing natural gas storage methodology

on 6 March 2019

On 6 March, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) and the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) launched EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing a natural gas storage tariff methodology. 

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Secretariat’s preliminary assessment confirmed by independent lawyers’ report: Tuzla 7 guarantee contains elements of State aid

on 4 March 2019

In September 2018, the Secretariat was informed by a complainant about the decision of the State Aid Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina of July 2018 which found the public guarantee granted in favour of the Export-Import Bank of China for a loan by the latter to the public utility Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo for the Tuzla 7 project not to constitute State aid.

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Mediation conducted by Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution Centre results in launch of daily gas balancing in Ukraine

Gas
on 1 March 2019

As of today, Ukraine’s gas transmission system is finally balanced on a daily basis. The new regime provides increased system efficiency, thus delivering benefits to Ukrainian energy consumers and the wider economy. A long awaited change by all network users was enabled by the successful mediation between the Ukrainian gas transmission system operator, Ukrtransgaz, and the Ukrainian National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission, NEURC, under the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre.

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EU4Energy workshop addresses mechanisms for cross-border electricity balancing cooperation between Ukraine and Moldova

on 28 February 2019

On 28 February, Energy Community Secretariat, ENTSO-E and Electricity Coordinating Center (EKC) experts led a capacity-building workshop addressing the key mechanisms for regional cross-border electricity balancing cooperation between Ukraine and Moldova. Representatives of the national regulatory authorities (NEURC and ANRE) and transmission system operators (UKRENERGO and MOLDELECTRICA) engaged in an active discussion on the cross-border trading regulatory requirements in line with the current practice in EU Member States and Energy Community Contracting Parties.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Moldova Moldova
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North Macedonia becomes first Contracting Party to conduct a competitive tender for selection of universal service supplier

on 28 February 2019

In line with the new Energy Law transposing the Third Energy Package, North Macedonia has launched a procedure to select the country’s universal electricity supplier and supplier of last resort for a period of five years. A consortium of EVN Macedonia and EVN supply won the competitive tender by offering the lowest supply margin compared to other bidders. This is the first such competitive tender procedure in the Energy Community.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Secretariat requests the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to postpone its vote on the Tuzla 7 guarantee

on 22 February 2019

On its website, the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina announces, at its session on 28 February 2019, a vote on the approval of the public guarantee granted in favor of the export-import bank of China for a loan by the latter to the public utility Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo. The loan is required for the construction of Block 7 of the Tuzla lignite power plant project.

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Energy Community Secretariat experts present recommendations to assist Ukraine with transposition of Regulation EU 347/2013

on 21 February 2019

On 21 February, Energy Community Secretariat experts presented the results of an extensive legal analysis of the current regulatory framework of Ukraine, with regard to enabling a full transposition of Regulation EU 347/2013. The assistance is provided within the framework of the EU4Energy Governance project.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Parliamentary Plenum puts improving energy efficiency in the spotlight, adopts report on promoting renewables

on 20 February 2019

The regular exchange of views on energy, environment and climate between Parliamentarians of the Energy Community Contracting Parties and the European Parliament took place yesterday in Brussels. The Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum meeting was co-chaired by Prof Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament and representatives of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova on behalf of Moldova as presidency in office of the Energy Community. Bringing together fifteen Contracting Party and four European Parliament Members, the meeting focused on sharing experience on legislating in the area of energy efficiency in light of the adoption of the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package in the EU.

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Development of methodology for calculating natural gas transmission tariffs in progress for Georgia

on 20 February 2019

A second stakeholder workshop presenting the updated version of the proposed gas transmission tariff methodology and calculation tool took place on 20 February in Tbilisi, Georgia. Both are aligned with the provisions of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/460 on establishing a network code on harmonised transmission tariff structures for gas. The event – organized by EU4Eergy Governance – was attended by representatives of the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC), Georgian Gas Transmission Company (GGTC) and other gas transmission system users. 

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Secretariat issues Reasoned Opinions against Kosovo* and Moldova for lack of transposition of emissions control legislation

on 19 February 2019

On 19 February 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat brought one step further the dispute settlement procedures against Kosovo* and Moldova for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants. In its Reasoned Opinions, the Secretariat concludes that the missing or incomplete national environmental legislation in both Contracting Parties is a breach of obligations under the Energy Community Treaty, namely the Large Combustion Plants and Industrial Emissions Directives.

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Secretariat welcomes energy agreement between North Macedonia and Kosovo*

on 14 February 2019

Two Energy Community Contracting Parties, North Macedonia and Kosovo*, signed this week a Memorandum of Understanding on the Energy Sector. Under the Memorandum, they plan to revitalize electricity interconnection lines and potentially build a new gas interconnection, which would bring gas from nearby Skopje to Kosovo*. They also agreed to exchange experiences in the development of renewable energy sources in order to meet the requirements of the Energy Community Treaty.

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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EU4Energy initiates development of detailed day-ahead and intraday market rules for Georgia

on 14 February 2019

On 14 February, Energy Community Secretariat experts together with representatives of the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission joined the kick-off meeting organized within the framework of the EU4Energy Governance project on preparation of market rules for the operation of the day-ahead and intraday power market in Georgia.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Director Kopač tours Energy Community capitals

on 13 February 2019

The Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Mr Janez Kopač, has kicked off his annual tour of Parliaments and Ministries of the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The objective of the visits is to raise awareness of the state of implementation of the Energy Community Treaty in each Contracting Party and to discuss open issues in terms of acquis implementation and how they could be overcome. Mr Kopač also highlighted the changes the energy sectors had to undergo in order to move towards a low carbon energy system.

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EU4Energy technical assistance to support more energy efficient buildings in Moldova

on 13 February 2019

On 13 February, Energy Community experts and representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of Moldova met in Chisinau to set in motion technical assistance to support the Moldovan Government in the implementation of Law no 128/2014 on Energy Performance of Buildings. The support will consist of updating the minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings and those that undergo major renovations. Application of the new building requirements will result in the lowest energy costs during the estimated economic lifecycle of the building.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Ukraine one-step closer to reduce environmental impacts of industrial installations

on 12 February 2019

On 12 February 2019, Energy Community Secretariat experts presented the findings of the EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing new technical standards of emissions for plants incinerating or co-incinerating waste. As set out by Directive 2010/75/EU, the draft secondary legislation will regulate emissions of plants disposing waste or using waste as a fuel by setting emission limit values and continuous monitoring measures.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat and GIZ join forces to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan development

on 8 February 2019

At a workshop on 5-6 February in Sarajevo, the Energy Community Secretariat teamed up with GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe - Energy Efficiency (ORF-EE) to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in the development of an Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP).

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Secretariat publishes opinion on Serbian regulator's decision to exempt Gastrans natural gas pipeline project from certain Third Energy Package requirements

on 7 February 2019

Today, the Secretariat publishes its Opinion 1/19 on the exemption of the Gastrans natural gas pipeline project from certain requirements under Directive 2009/73/EC by the Energy Agency of the Republic of Serbia.  

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Secretariat issues Opinion on the preliminary decision of the Kosovo* regulator on certification of the electricity transmission system operator

on 5 February 2019

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the certification of the Kosovo Transmission System Operator (KOSTT), under the Third Energy Package. The Opinion supports the certification of KOSTT in line with the Preliminary Decision of the Energy Regulatory Office of Kosovo* (ERO), subject to several remarks. The Secretariat also called on ERO to monitor the compliance of KOSTT with the unbundling provisions.

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Gastrans pipeline project: Secretariat issues opinion with request for additional conditions to Serbian energy regulator

Gas
on 1 February 2019

Today, the Secretariat notified the energy regulatory authority of Serbia, AERS, of its opinion on the exemption granted by AERS to the pipeline project Gastrans on 1 October 2018. Gastrans is a project for a new pipeline on Serbian territory which is expected to be linked with new pipeline infrastructure to be built upstream in Bulgaria and downstream in Hungary. AERS had exempted the project from the provisions of the Third Energy Package related to unbundling, third party access and tariff regulation. In its opinion, the Secretariat requests a number of conditions to ensure the project does not lead to market foreclosure in Serbia and beyond.

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EU4Energy Governance High Level Policy Talks in Georgia deepen legislators’ understanding of energy sector reforms

on 1 February 2019

On 1-2 February, EU4Energy Governance organized another series of High Level Policy Talks in Georgia in order to deepen legislators’ understanding of energy sector reforms stemming from the Energy Community Treaty and work towards a consensus on the key legal provisions. Following the high-level segment, experts of the Energy Community Secretariat provided an in-depth overview of the key reforms covering the areas of gas, electricity, regulator, renewables and energy efficiency. They clarified provisions of the relevant EU directives and regulations as well as the corresponding provisions of the draft national legislation.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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EU4Energy presents European best practices in monitoring of gas supply quality

on 28 January 2019

On 28 January, Energy Community Secretariat experts presented the results of a report developed under the EU4Energy Governance project aimed at improving the regulatory environment in the Ukrainian gas market and harmonization with the EU acquis.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Director Kopač highlights green investment opportunities in Ukraine at the World Economic Forum in Davos

on 24 January 2019

Joining political, business and other leaders, Director Janez Kopač participated in a panel discussion on the investment climate in Ukraine at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum taking place this week in Davos.

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Applications now open for the fourth Energy Community Summer School

on 21 January 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat is pleased to launch the call for applications for the fourth Energy Community Summer School. The Summer School offers a unique opportunity to 40 postgraduate students and young professionals to gain an in-depth knowledge of the energy sectors in their full complexity and provide them with a platform for exchange and contribution to shaping the sectors’ future.

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EU4Energy to assist Ukraine in setting national energy savings measures for 2019-2030

on 18 January 2019

On 18 January, the EU4Energy Governance Project launched a technical assistance project to support the Government of Ukraine in fulfilling its commitments under the Energy Community Treaty in developing and implementing energy efficiency and energy savings policies.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 18.01.2019

EU4Energy presents first draft methodology for calculating natural gas transmission tariffs for Georgia

on 16 January 2019

On 16 January, EU4Energy Governance held a stakeholder meeting in Georgia to present and discuss the first draft of the proposed gas transmission tariff methodology and calculation tool. Representatives of the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC), Georgian Gas Transmission Company (GGTC) and other gas transmission system users exchanged views on the potential impact of the various options within the proposal. The technical assistance will enable GNERC to calculate the applicable tariffs based on the developed methodology, and implement in practice the entry-exit tariff system in line with the provisions of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/460 on establishing a network code on harmonised transmission tariff structures for gas.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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MEDREG and ECRB publish joint report on consumer complaint handling and disputes settlement procedures in the energy market

on 10 January 2019

The Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) and the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB), representing Energy Regulators of the Mediterranean and the Eastern and Black Sea regions, joined forces to review the procedures available to energy consumers to handle complaints and settle disputes and proposed best practices.

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EU4Energy Governance newsletter highlights benefits of energy reforms for citizens

EU4ENERGY
on 10 January 2019

Today, the Secretariat launched its second EU4Energy Governance Project newsletter. The issue covers the second half of 2018 and the many positive changes EU4Energy Governance has helped introduce to the energy legislation and markets of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In this period, new assistance was launched in Ukraine for the transposition of the regulation aimed at facilitating investments in energy infrastructure projects.

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  • Georgia Georgia
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Armenia Armenia
  • Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
  • Belarus Belarus
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Secretariat publishes rules on access to dispute settlement case files

on 8 January 2019

The Secretariat has adopted detailed rules governing access to case files under the Energy Community Dispute Settlement Procedure. The rules specify the requirements and procedure for accessing a case file. Contracting Parties, Participants and Observers under the Energy Community Treaty and the complainant have a right to access case files, while private or public bodies must first prove they have a legitimate interest in the case.

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Moldova takes over Energy Community Presidency

on 7 January 2019

Moldova took over the rotating presidency of the Energy Community on 1 January 2019. Moldova’s top priority during the presidency will be finalizing the discussion and finally adopting amendments to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community. The discussion on Treaty amendments is going on already for the last three years and it is high time to finish it before EU parliamentary elections. Amendments are necessary to ensure that the Energy Community can fulfil its objectives and live up to the requirements of a single energy market.

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Ukrainian parliament to pass major overhaul of renewable energy support schemes

Renewable energy
on 21 December 2018

Yesterday, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed in first reading the Law on auctions for the support of electricity produced from renewable energy sources. After a long process of consultation with hundreds of stakeholders and eight different draft laws promoted by different groups of Members of Parliament, this draft Law is a well-balanced result which will put Ukraine on a sustainable energy path.

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Regulatory School Advisory Committee releases training course programme for 2019

on 20 December 2018

At its meeting at the premises of the Secretariat today, the Advisory Committee to the Energy Community Regulatory School endorsed the fourth edition of the regulatory training programme. As in its previous editions, the Regulatory School will continue to provide tailor-made knowledge building for Contracting Parties’ national energy regulatory authorities related to new energy market and legal developments. The School will also deliver practical insights and share experiences made at EU level.  

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EU4Energy assists Moldova in updating energy performance of buildings calculation methodology

on 17 December 2018

On 17-18 December 2018, the second meeting of the working group created in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of Moldova, aimed at updating the methodology for calculation of energy performance of buildings (EBP), took place in Chisinau. The assistance is part of the EU4Energy support for the country in fulfilling its commitments under the Energy Community Treaty, transposing the main provisions of Directive 2010/31/EU and builds on the gap analysis of Law no 128/2014 on Energy Performance of Buildings in Moldova, developed with EU4Energy support last year.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia becomes first Contracting Party to support the High Ambition Coalition in global climate negotiations

on 13 December 2018

Yesterday, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia supported the High Ambition Coalition, signing up to the "Statement on Stepping up Climate Ambition". The instrument brings together developed and developing countries sharing the highest level of ambition in the international climate talks. The statement was endorsed by Mr. Jani Makraduli, Deputy Minister for Environment and Physical Planning of Macedonia. The Secretariat strongly supports former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in its climate ambitions.

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Georgian Deputy Minister of Economy visits Energy Community Secretariat

on 12 December 2018

Today, Director Kopač held a working meeting with Ms Natia Turnava, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, at the premises of the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna. The meeting focused on Georgia’s progress in reforming its energy sector in line with the country’s obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.

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Energy regulators across Europe and the Eastern and Mediterranean region sign cooperation arrangement

on 12 December 2018

A signing ceremony held in Vienna, Austria, brought together the Presidents of three regional
associations of energy regulatory authorities. Presidents Garrett Blaney of CEER, Giorgi Pangani of the ECRB and Gülefşan Demirbaş of MEDREG signed a Cooperation Arrangement that will
strengthen regulatory cooperation between energy regulators across Europe through to the
Mediterranean, South East Europe and Black Sea regions.

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Energy Community side-event highlights challenges and opportunities in shifting to a just, low-carbon transition at COP24 in Katowice

on 10 December 2018

On 10 December 2018, the Energy Community Secretariat, with the support of the Polish Government under the COP24 Presidency, held the side-event “Shifting to a low-carbon economy: Just transition pathways in the Energy Community and beyond” at the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice. For the first time, the Energy Community Secretariat participated to the climate COP as an observer organization.

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Energy Community Regulatory Board sets priorities for upcoming year, takes stock of 2018 deliverables

on 7 December 2018

At its 41st plenary meeting, the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) set out its objectives and priorities for the upcoming year. The Work Programme 2019 includes the continuation of monitoring reports on gas and electricity wholesale and retail markets and transparency of the gas sector. A deeper focus will be put on the implementation of new acquis, in particular the Third Package gas and electricity network codes, and the provision of coordinated regulatory input to support electricity market coupling.

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Secretariat launches EU4ENERGY project to update natural gas transmission tariff methodology in Georgia

on 5 December 2018

On 5 December, the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) hosted the launch of the EU4Energy technical assistance project to support Georgia in updating its gas transmission tariff methodology in compliance with the provisions of the Network Code on Harmonised Tariff Methodologies adopted on 28 November 2018 in Skopje by the Energy Community’s Permanent High Level Group.

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  • Georgia Georgia
2018 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 05.12.2018

Energy Community Secretariat, NARUC and USAID join efforts to support energy regulators in gas market design

on 30 November 2018

A three-day workshop hosted by the Energy Community brought together national regulatory authorities to share best practices with respect to gas market design and natural gas transmission grid codes. The workshop was organized together with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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2018 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 30.11.2018

16th Energy Community Ministerial Council adopts key energy infrastructure projects, sets direction for adopting 2030 energy and climate targets

on 29 November 2018

Today’s 16th Ministerial Council took key decisions for the future of the Energy Community under the chairmanship of H.E. Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economy of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Opening host speeches by Prime Minister H.E. Zoran Zaev and Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Koco Angjushev underlined that energy has no boundaries and regional cooperation is of greatest importance. As a boost for regional energy market integration, the Council adopted twenty-one infrastructure projects of regional significance, which will also enhance security of energy supply, increase energy efficiency and the uptake of energy from renewable sources. The ministers also agreed to re-open negotiations on amendments to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community which, once adopted, will help enhance market integration between Energy Contracting Parties and EU Member States.

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Secretariat and Bosnia and Herzegovina sign settlement agreement regarding Ugljevik 3 ahead of the Ministerial Council

Environment
on 28 November 2018

Another successful mediation was conducted under the auspices of the Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution Centre, this time as part of the dispute settlement procedure in case ECS-1/15.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 28.11.2018

Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean joins Parliamentary Plenum to share best practices on legislating renewables

on 28 November 2018

A joint meeting of the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum and Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean took place in Skopje today. Members of Parliament shared experiences and ideas with respect to legislating a conducive legislative framework for renewables. It was underlined that they shared many challenges and efforts to overcome these joint challenges together were key.

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2018 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Decision making 0aeb12266d8743f9977b40db9721b293 28.11.2018

Energy Community Secretariat intervention against restrictions of the independence of the energy regulatory authority of Montenegro taken into account by national authorities

on 27 November 2018

On 8 November, the Energy Community Secretariat had objected to the adoption of a Law on Administration which would have significantly reduced the independence of the national energy regulatory authority of Montenegro, REGAGEN. 

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  • Montenegro Montenegro
2018 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 27.11.2018

Cooperation between WB6 and MRC on market coupling takes shape

Electricity
on 27 November 2018

The first meeting of Western Balkan 6 Day-ahead Market Integration (WB6 DA MI) and Multi-Regional Coupling (MRC) projects took place today in the Energy Community Secretariat. The co-chairs of both project steering committees discussed the possibilities for WB6 stakeholders to become participants to the MRC with the aim to join the European Single Day-Ahead Coupling (SDAC).

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2018 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 27.11.2018

Secretariat and EBRD issue joint Policy Guidelines to help countries take up cost-effective energy efficiency measures

Energy efficiency
on 26 November 2018

The Energy Community Secretariat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have issued today joint Policy Guidelines to help countries in the region design and implement an Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme in line with Article 7 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

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2018 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 26.11.2018

Energy Community WB6 electricity monitoring report: WB6 fall behind on national reforms

Electricity
on 23 November 2018

Today, the Secretariat published its WB6 electricity monitoring report. The report concludes that progress in the implementation of the WB6 measures at the national level was very modest during this reporting period. A number of critical reforms was postponed once again.

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  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
2018 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 23.11.2018

Joint Energy Community Secretariat - EBRD event explores establishment of a Ukrainian gas exchange

Gas
on 21 November 2018

On 19 November in Kyiv, foreign and Ukrainian stakeholders, including exchanges, transmission system operators, traders, regulators, government representatives and international financial organizations, gathered together to discuss the establishment of a gas exchange in Ukraine. The participants endorsed a gas exchange implementation roadmap, which foresees the establishment of a fully functional gas exchange with clearing services, as well as a blueprint of what a Ukrainian gas exchange could look like and the key steps needed to get there, developed with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Energy Community Secretariat. The next stage of the process will be the formalisation of the cooperation between Ukrainian authorities, EBRD and the Secretariat. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 21.11.2018

Draft methodology for calculating tariffs for ancillary services presented under EU4Energy

on 20 November 2018

On 20 November 2018, the draft methodology for calculating tariffs for ancillary services such as voltage control and black start that might be procured under a regulated process, if needed for a transitional period, was presented to the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) and state enterprise NPC “Ukrenergo” in Ukraine under the framework of EU4Energy technical assistance. The new methodology will ensure efficient cost allocation in the procurement of ancillary services and effective functioning of electricity markets.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 20.11.2018

EU4Energy to assist Georgia in developing energy performance of buildings calculation methodology

on 16 November 2018

On 15 November, the first meeting of the working group created in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, aimed at developing the draft methodology for calculation of energy performance of buildings (EBP), took place in Tbilisi. Experts provided comments to the first draft document and engaged in active discussions and reviews of the terms and definitions used in the methodology as well as the calculation details and normative references that are indispensable for the application of the methodology.

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  • Georgia Georgia
2018 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 16.11.2018

Albania becomes first Energy Community Contracting Party to hold renewable energy support auction

Renewable energy
on 14 November 2018

Albania has successfully completed the first-ever renewable energy support auction in the Energy Community.  Director Janez Kopač commented:

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2018 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 14.11.2018

Statement of the Energy Community Secretariat on small hydropower development

on 13 November 2018

In relation to the recent discourse on the development of small-scale hydropower plants in the Western Balkans, the Secretariat would like to underline the following points:

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2018 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 13.11.2018

Joint Energy Community – IRENA workshop prepares Contracting Parties for grid integration of variable renewables

Renewable energy
on 7 November 2018

Today’s workshop organized jointly by the Energy Community and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was able to capture the key challenges and opportunities linked with the grid integration of variable renewable energy sources, like wind or solar. The workshop identified the current and future energy trends, concluding that a complete transformation of the power sector is inevitable with the expected large-scale deployment of renewables. Coordinated early planning for a system with a higher share of renewable energy could avoid making costly investment mistakes.   

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2018 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 07.11.2018

Secretariat’s Implementation Report 2018: Energy Community has to step up efforts to prepare for the clean energy transition

on 31 October 2018

The Energy Community Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report, released today, underlines that the Energy Community Contracting Parties have made progress in reforming their energy sectors, but upgraded efforts are needed. This is especially important if the clean energy transition is to succeed in the Energy Community. The Report, which was revamped to provide an even more accurate snapshot of the progress achieved by the Contracting Parties, concludes that the average implementation score is at around 43%. For the first time, the report comprises all nine Energy Community Contracting Parties, including the newest member Georgia.   

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2018 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Statistics 82dae17f41a9465094f68e083e79ac64 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d 31.10.2018

EU4Energy Governance holds workshop to improve energy infrastructure planning

on 30 October 2018

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat under the EU4Energy Governance framework kicked-off a two-day workshop aimed at improving energy infrastructure planning in the six Eastern Partner countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The event brought together representatives of all six countries: regulators, ministries and transmission system operators.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Georgia Georgia
  • Armenia Armenia
  • Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
  • Belarus Belarus
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Armenia 5af5307a008346acbd5aa263707fa9c7 Azerbaijan 4f11a246d4d9446e8c91746e73059eb8 Belarus d36e9a68c5684d95ae82a8aa9ad2cf63 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d 30.10.2018

Secretariat invites interested parties to send observations on the exemption decision for the Gastrans natural gas pipeline project

Gas
on 24 October 2018

The Serbian energy regulatory authority (AERS) in its decision of 1 October 2018 granted an exemption to Gastrans d.o.o. for its natural gas pipeline project from the obligation of third party access rules, regulated tariffs and ownership unbundling. The pipeline is planned to span from the Bulgarian-Serbian border to the Serbian-Hungarian border including exit points to the Serbian system. AERS submitted its exemption decision to the Secretariat, which is currently preparing an Opinion on the decision.

 

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2018 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 24.10.2018

Energy Community hosts second meeting of External Contact Platform to develop cooperation with ENTSOG

Gas
on 23 October 2018

On 22 October, the Energy Community hosted the second meeting of the External Contact Platform (ECP), a platform developed by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) and the Energy Community Secretariat, to strengthen ENTSOG’s cooperation with non-EU gas transmission companies, including those from the Energy Community countries.

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2018 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 23.10.2018

Lower wholesale energy prices translate into lower retail prices for the second year in a row

on 22 October 2018

Average energy retail prices for households in the EU decreased in 2017, reflecting for the second consecutive year the decline of energy wholesale prices in preceding years, also thanks to market integration. However, the non-contestable part of the bill (network costs, taxes, levies and other charges) continued to increase. Some of the non-contestable components of the bill have supported the development of renewable energies, which are key for the EU to fulfil the objectives of the Paris agreement against climate change.

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2018 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 22.10.2018

Secretariat submits comments to the European Commission regarding Transgaz’ proposed anti-trust commitments

on 18 October 2018

In June 2017, the European Commission opened proceedings against Transgaz, the manager and operator of the national gas transmission network in Romania, for potential breach of EU competition rules as regards the flow of natural gas from Romania to other Member States, in particular Hungary and Bulgaria (Case AT.40335 – Romanian gas interconnectors). In September 2018, Transgaz offered commitments pursuant to Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 to meet the competition concerns raised by the Commission. The commitments concern an increase of export capacities at the interconnection points with Hungary and Bulgaria, non-discrimination between export and domestic tariffs, and generally any other anti-competitive conduct. In order to test whether these commitments effectively remove the competitive concerns, the European Commission invited interested parties to submit their observations on the proposed commitments of Transgaz.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Moldova Moldova
  • European Union European Union
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f European Union f543febf0bd04003a94013a19d2036a7 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 18.10.2018

Energy Community becomes observer to UNFCCC

on 12 October 2018

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has admitted the Energy Community as an observer organization to the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 24) to be held in Katowice, Poland.

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2018 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 12.10.2018

Energy Community Summer School Alumni Association elects Executive Board and sets key directions for future projects

Alerts
on 11 October 2018

On 8 October, participants of the Energy Community Summer School gathered for the Constitutive General Assembly of the Energy Community Summer School Alumni Association. The Association elected members of the Executive Board, for position of the Chairman – Quentin Boulanger (France), the Deputy – Nevin Alija (Albania), the Secretary – Varvara Aleksić (Serbia) and the treasurer – Andreas Schröder (Germany), and two controllers – Jolita Hoxholli (Albania) and Andrej Haug (Germany). The Executive Board discussed initial projects with the aim to establish a network of alumni of the Energy Community Summer School.

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2018 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 11.10.2018

EU4Energy to support Ukraine in transposing EU Regulation on Guidelines for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure

on 11 October 2018

On 11 October, EU4Energy launched a technical assistance project to assist Ukraine in the transposition of Regulation (EU) 347/2013, which aims to facilitate investments in energy infrastructure and achieve the Energy Community’s energy and environment policy objectives.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 11.10.2018

Talanoa Dialogue: Stepping up Energy and Climate Action in the Energy Community

on 10 October 2018

The Energy Community’s Energy and Climate Committee, in cooperation with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action and the EU Regional Implementation of the Paris Agreement project, hosted a multi-stakeholder discussion on climate change under the “Talanoa Dialogue” process on 10 October in Vienna.

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2018 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 10.10.2018

Second Energy and Climate Technical Working Group pushes ahead with 2030 Energy Community targets methodology

on 9 October 2018

The second Energy and Climate Technical Working Group took place today at the Energy Community Secretariat. The revised report on an EU-convergent approach for the calculation of the 2030 targets and its findings were presented by TU Wien, Joanneum Research and REKK and discussed with Contracting Parties representatives, technical experts, the European Commission and civil society.

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2018 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 09.10.2018

Secretariat is looking for an Electricity Expert for its Eastern Partnership Assistance Unit

on 8 October 2018

The Secretariat is recruiting an Electricity Expert for its Eastern Partnership Assistance Unit to support activities related to the implementation of the EU4ENERGY Governance Project. The starting date of employment is as soon as possible, preferably in December 2018.

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2018 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 08.10.2018

EU4Energy Governance: High-level Policy Talks on gas market regulation explore how to get the best deal for Georgian households and businesses

on 4 October 2018

Recognizing the need to gather all stakeholders in the gas sphere, the Energy Community Secretariat, under the EU4Energy* Governance project, organized a high-level event to support the development of a coherent Natural Gas Market Concept Design in order to ensure the smooth implementation of the Third Energy Package. While the timely adoption of the new Law on Energy remains the highest priority, getting the design of the natural gas market right is equally important in order to maximize the benefits of reform for households and businesses.

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  • Georgia Georgia
2018 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 04.10.2018

Energy Community Regulatory School unveils new set of training courses

on 3 October 2018

The Energy Community Secretariat launched the third edition of its Regulatory School training programme. Courses in the second half of 2018 will focus on energy market trading and functional unbundling. As a novelty, the programme also includes a special training edition for Ukraine that will focus on transparency and is organised in cooperation with USAID and DIXI Group.

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2018 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 03.10.2018

Serbia and Russia remove destination clause from gas supply agreement

on 2 October 2018

On 27 September 2018, the Serbian parliament approved the removal of the destination clause included in the 2012 inter-governmental agreement between the government of the Republic of Serbia and the government of the Russian Federation for the supply of natural gas. This agreement provided that the gas supplied on its basis is intended for use in the Serbian market only, thereby restricting the territory to which the Serbian buyer can sell the gas. Such destination clause constitutes a violation of Energy Community competition law.

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  • Serbia Serbia
2018 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 02.10.2018

Energy Community Dispute Resolution Forum and Vienna Energy Law Forum: 250 European lawyers discuss the future of energy arbitration and energy law

on 1 October 2018

Two events last week in Vienna not only beat the Energy Community participation records but established themselves among the relevant European conferences for their respective topics.

 

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2018 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 01.10.2018

Secretariat welcomes launch of residential energy efficiency programme in Serbia under REEP Plus

Energy efficiency
on 27 September 2018

On 26 September, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) officially launched the start of a new Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) for Serbia that will provide loans to households for energy efficiency improvements. The GEFF, established with the support of the Energy Community Secretariat, will help Serbia to put measures under the Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives into action.

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  • Serbia Serbia
2018 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 27.09.2018

WB6 Initiative continues efforts to create a regional electricity market

Electricity
on 27 September 2018

The WB6 Electricity Initiative continued with a series of meetings organised by the Energy Community Secretariat on 24-26 September in Vienna. The WB6 stakeholders were joined by representatives of all neighbouring EU Member States - Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Romania, to discuss the way forward for day-ahead market coupling, cross-border balancing and coordinated capacity calculation. Entering the final stages of preparation, all three projects are expected to be transformed into concrete contractual and governance frameworks to be implemented by all stakeholders.  

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  • Serbia Serbia
  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
2018 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 27.09.2018

Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution Centre brings results in gas transmission code dispute

Gas
on 26 September 2018

Following the first three mediation rounds under the Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre, the mediation process between the Ukrainian gas transmission system operator, Ukrtransgaz, and the Ukrainian National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission, NEURC, has brought the first results. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 26.09.2018

Transposition of Oil Stocks Directive remains key priority concludes 10th Energy Community Oil Forum

Oil
on 26 September 2018

Formally opened by Aleksandar Antic, Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia, the 10th Energy Community Oil Forum took place on 25 September in Belgrade. The Forum stressed the importance of timely transposition of the Oil Stocks Directive in order to ensure its full implementation by the 2022 deadline. The Forum acknowledged that this would require significant efforts by the majority of Contracting Parties, which are yet to decide and legislate the most appropriate oil stockholding model.  Only Serbia has transposed the Directive and started its implementation.

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2018 Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf 26.09.2018

Advisory Committee public hearings under Energy Community Dispute Settlement Rules - change of venue

on 25 September 2018

The previously announced public hearings of the Advisory Committee of the Energy Community according to Article 32 (4) of the Dispute Settlement Rules of the Energy Community as amended, held on Wednesday, 26 September 2018, at 15:00 (ECS-8/15 Ukraine) and at 17:00 (ECS-2/18 Albania) and on Thursday, 27 September 2018, at 09:00 (ECS-1/15 Bosnia and Herzegovina), will now take place at Steigenberger Hotel (meeting room Torberg level 1), Herrengasse 10, 1010 Wien.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Albania Albania
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d 25.09.2018

Energy Community Secretariat reviews amendments to the gas transmission tariff methodology of Ukraine

Gas
on 25 September 2018

The Energy Community Secretariat undertook a review of the amendments to the gas transmission tariff methodology published for consultation by the national energy regulatory authority of Ukraine, NEURC. The Secretariat broadly welcomes the proposal as another step towards increasing transparency of tariff setting, whilst reinforcing non-discrimination among system users. The great majority of proposed changes relate to tariff design and, more specifically, the number of entry and exit points and mechanisms for allocation of allowed revenue to these points.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 25.09.2018

The Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre mediates dispute in the Albanian hydro sector

on 25 September 2018

The Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre has been called upon to mediate a dispute regarding balancing issues in the Albanian hydro sector. The parties to the mediation are the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania and the privately-owned Energji Ashta hydro power plant.  The dispute arose between KESH (the largest electricity producer in Albania) and HPP Energji Ashta, and it involves other Albanian state-owned stakeholders: ERE (the energy regulator in Albania), OSHEE (the Albanian distribution system operator) and OST (the Albanian transmission system operator). Mr Dirk Buschle has been appointed as Mediator, and he is supported by Ms Rozeta Karova and Mr Arben  Kllokoqi. The first meetings with the parties and all other entities involved have already taken place.

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  • Albania Albania
2018 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 25.09.2018

ACER and the Energy Community tighten cooperation on electricity market coupling

on 21 September 2018

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, ACER, and the Energy Community Regulatory Board, ECRB, organised on 21 September in Rome a joint workshop to discuss the status of the implementation of the EU Regulation on capacity allocation and congestion management. The aim of the workshop was to tighten cooperation with the national regulators of the Energy Community in this area.

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2018 Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 21.09.2018

EU4Energy supports development of cross-border capacity calculation methodology for Ukraine

on 21 September 2018

On 21 September 2018, the draft methodology for cross-border capacity calculation was presented to the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) and state enterprise “NPC “Ukrenergo” in Ukraine under the framework of EU4Energy technical assistance. The new methodology works to ensure efficient cross-border trading and effective integration of electricity markets.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 21.09.2018

2018 Gas Forum puts focus on maximizing consumer benefits, discusses future of gas transit

Gas
on 20 September 2018

Taking place in Ljubljana today, the 13th Energy Community Gas Forum discussed the future of natural gas in the European energy mix as well as pathways to make the internal gas market deliver the highest possible social benefit to consumers. The main implications of the Clean Energy Package for the Energy Community Contracting Parties were outlined.

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EU4Energy fosters discussion on cross-border trading mechanisms in Ukraine

on 19 September 2018

On 19 September, Energy Community Secretariat and ENTSO-E experts led a capacity-building workshop addressing the key mechanisms of cross-border trading in Ukraine. Representatives of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) and transmission system and market operators UKRENERGO and ENERGORYNOK received guidelines on the cross-border trading regulatory requirements and the principles of practical implementation. Special emphasis was given to the roles and responsibilities of the main actors (the transmission system operator and the regulator) in view of establishing fair and transparent cross-border trade.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 19.09.2018

Secretariat participates in the first meeting of the Dniester Commission

Environment
on 18 September 2018

Yesterday, Deputy Director Dirk Buschle and Senior Environmental Expert Peter Vajda participated in the inaugural meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Use and Protection of the Dniester River Basin in Chisinau, Moldova. The Commission was set up under the Dniester River Basin Agreement between Moldova and Ukraine, two Contracting Parties to the Energy Community Treaty. The Secretariat’s focus in working with the Commission will be on environmental issues related to the operation of existing as well as the construction of new hydropower plants on the Dniester river, and to help ensuring compliance with the acquis communautaire in this respect.

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  • Moldova Moldova
2018 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 18.09.2018

Director visits Georgia and Armenia to discuss state of energy reforms 

on 18 September 2018

On Monday, a delegation of the Energy Community Secretariat, headed by Director Kopač, met with the newly appointed Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Kobulia, and his team to discuss the ongoing pace of energy reforms in Georgia. The key focus of the discussions was the state of the draft laws on energy, renewables, energy efficiency and energy performance of building, co-designed with the Secretariat.

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  • Georgia Georgia
  • Armenia Armenia
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EU4Energy to help tackle emissions caused by incineration and co-incineration of waste in Ukraine

on 18 September 2018

On 18 September 2018, EU4Energy launched a technical assistance project to support Ukraine with its obligations under the environmental dimension of the Energy Community Treaty. In cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Energy Community Secretariat will assist the development of draft legislation in the field of industrial emissions, as set out by Directive 2010/75/EU. This is to be achieved through the application of operational conditions, technical requirements, and emission limit values for waste incineration and co-incineration plants. The draft legislation will be developed by the end of the year.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 18.09.2018

Energy Community and the association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators agree to strengthen cooperation

on 17 September 2018

Representatives of the Energy Community Secretariat and the association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators, Med-TSO, reflected on possible opportunities for tightening cooperation between the countries of the Energy Community and the Mediterranean region at a meeting held at the Secretariat’s premises in Wien, last Thursday 13 September.

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Advisory Committee to hold public hearings under Energy Community Dispute Settlement Rules

on 17 September 2018

The Advisory Committee of the Energy Community is going to hold public hearings in cases ECS-1/15, ECS-8/15, ECS-2/18 and ECS-3/18 according to Article 32 (4) of the Dispute Settlement Rules of the Energy Community as amended.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Albania Albania
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 17.09.2018

Unbundling of Naftogaz continues to be of concern

on 14 September 2018

Over two years since the Government of Ukraine initiated the unbundling of Naftogaz (by Resolution No 496 of 1 July 2016) the process has still not made any notable progress in real terms. The establishment of Magistralni Gazoprovody Ukrainy (MGU) as the new transmission system operator for Ukraine remained without any tangible follow-up.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Third package 0668f35abe68418ba5d6249f9f2f644c Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 14.09.2018

Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Moldova for lack of transposition of emissions control legislation

on 6 September 2018

On 5 September, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated an ex officio dispute settlement procedure against Moldova for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants.  In its Opening Letter, the Secretariat takes the view that the lack of national environmental legislation in Moldova to curb emissions into the air is a breach of obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.

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  • Moldova Moldova
2018 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 06.09.2018

Energy Community prepares for implementation of network code on harmonised transmission tariff structures for gas

on 5 September 2018

Today, the Secretariat published the results of a project simulating the possible effects of the future application of the EU Network Code on Harmonized Transmission Tariff Structures for Gas. It is expected that the European Commission will table a formal proposal for adoption of the code in the Energy Community by the end of 2018 based on a (preliminary) text agreed by the relevant working group in May this year.

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2018 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 05.09.2018

Jürgen Schneider is Director-General for Climate in Austria

on 29 August 2018

The Chairman of Energy Community’s Environmental Task Force for seven years, Dr Jürgen Schneider, has been appointed as Director-General for Climate in the Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism of Austria.

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2018 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 29.08.2018

Launch of the Energy Community Summer School Alumni Association

Alerts
on 29 August 2018

On 25 August, participants of the Energy Community Summer School, representatives of the Secretariat, speakers and Summer School alumni launched the Energy Community Summer School Alumni Association. The association will establish a network of alumni of the Energy Community Summer School.

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2018 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 29.08.2018

Third Energy Community Summer School kicked off: 40 young talents learn how to handle the challenges of the energy transition

Alerts
on 27 August 2018

For the third year in a row, the Energy Community Summer School gathers forty postgraduate students and young professionals from a record 26 countries to train and inspire the next generation of energy leaders. This year’s edition takes place from 25 August to 1 September 2018 in Split, Croatia.

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2018 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 27.08.2018

First issue of EU4Energy Governance newsletter now online!

EU4ENERGY
on 30 July 2018

The EU4Energy Governance Project is a technical assistance project funded by the European Union, under the EU4Energy Initiative*. It targets policy makers working in the energy sector of Eastern Partner countries and helps them strengthen their legislative and regulatory frameworks as well as identify investment opportunities in key energy infrastructure projects. Within this project, the Energy Community Secretariat is delivering technical assistance to three Eastern Partner countries: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine that are members of the Energy Community. Regional activities of the project also involve Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus.

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  • Georgia Georgia
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Armenia Armenia
  • Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
  • Belarus Belarus
2018 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Armenia 5af5307a008346acbd5aa263707fa9c7 Azerbaijan 4f11a246d4d9446e8c91746e73059eb8 Belarus d36e9a68c5684d95ae82a8aa9ad2cf63 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 30.07.2018

Unbundling of Naftogaz in line with the Third Energy Package – Recent Press Releases

on 27 July 2018

A Naftogaz press release earlier this week reported that the supervisory boards of Naftogaz and of Mahistralny Gazoprovody Ukrainy (MGU) had agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the unbundling of gas transmission in Ukraine. In response to media requests, the Secretariat would like to clarify that it had not been consulted on the final version of such a document. During the last meeting of the Energy Reform Coordination Council, chaired by Prime Minister Groysmann, it has been agreed that the Secretariat and NEURC (the Ukrainian regulator) are involved to ensure that the model and actions agreed upon can result in certification of the transmission system operator. It is important that the designated authorities, and ultimately the Government, take responsibility of the unbundling process rather than delegating it to the supervisory boards of two companies. Accountability and transparency will be crucial not only in rectifying the breach of the Energy Community rules on unbundling, but also to create certainty and reliability for domestic and international partners.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Third package 0668f35abe68418ba5d6249f9f2f644c 27.07.2018

Secretariat initiates case on failure to ensure third party access on Hungary-Serbia gas interconnector

Gas
on 27 July 2018

Today, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to the Republic of Serbia in Case ECS-13/17. The Secretariat takes the preliminary view that by the continuous failure to ensure unrestricted non-discriminatory third party access to the Horgoš interconnection point on the border between Serbia and Hungary, the Republic of Serbia fails to comply with the obligations under the Energy Community acquis for ensuring non-discriminatory third party access to the natural gas transmission system. In particular, the Secretariat raised concerns regarding Serbia’s failure to ensure the application of objective, non-discriminatory capacity allocation measures and published and transparent tariffs for system access, as well as by failure to ensure competitive market conduct of gas incumbent Srbijagas concerning access to its operated natural gas transmission system.

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  • Serbia Serbia
2018 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 27.07.2018

Secretariat extends the grounds for non-compliance of Ukraine’s public service obligation scheme in the gas sector

on 23 July 2018

Today, the Secretariat sent a Supplementary Opening Letter in Case ECS-2/17 in order to extend the grounds for non-compliance of Ukraine with the Energy Community Treaty. Namely, the Secretariat comes to the preliminary conclusion that the provision of natural gas to Naftogaz, natural gas retail suppliers (Oblgazes) serving household customers and religious organisations as well as to district heating companies at regulated prices under the Regulations on public service obligation constitutes illegal State aid.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 23.07.2018

Moldova becomes first Energy Community Contracting Party to adopt law transposing the Energy Efficiency Directive

Energy efficiency
on 20 July 2018

Yesterday, the Parliament of Moldova adopted a new Energy Efficiency Law aimed at transposing Energy Efficiency Directive EU/2012/27. This brings to an end a nearly two-year process in which the Energy Community Secretariat was strongly involved to ensure the law’s compliance with the Energy Community energy efficiency acquis.

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  • Moldova Moldova
2018 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 20.07.2018

EU4Energy High-Level Policy Talks focus on Moldova - Ukraine electricity market
integration

on 20 July 2018

Today’s EU4Energy High Level Policy Talks bring together Moldovan and Ukrainian stakeholders to discuss the path towards further electricity market integration between the two countries in line with the EU energy acquis. The event is dedicated to the harmonization of provision and management of access to interconnection transmission capacities and brings together key stakeholders from the Ministries responsible for energy and National Regulatory Authorities from Moldova and Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Market Operator in Ukraine and transmission system operators Ukrenergo and Moldelectrica.

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 20.07.2018

Energy Community priority gas infrastructure project between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia receives major boost

on 18 July 2018

An EU funded study, realized with the support and active engagement of the Energy Community Secretariat, has confirmed the financial viability of the south gas interconnector between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. This is an important step towards the realisation of the interconnector, the aim of which is to establish a new supply route for Bosnia and Herzegovina resulting in diversified and reliable natural gas supply and to guarantee the security of supply of the Federation, one of the country’s entities. The project is planned to be commissioned by 2023. The gas interconnector (Gas_03) received the status of Energy Community Project of Mutual Interest (PMI) in 2016.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia Croatia
2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Croatia bfbaeb4b4c844cfbaa686186195b8009 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 18.07.2018

EU4Energy to support Ukraine in updating distribution tariffs methodology

on 16 July 2018

On 16 July, EU4Energy launched another technical assistance project to contribute to the improvement of the legislative and regulatory environment of the Ukrainian gas market.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2018 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 16.07.2018

WB6 regional electricity market integration continues in Vienna

Electricity
on 5 July 2018

On 2-4 July, the Energy Community Secretariat held a series of meetings focused on regional day-ahead market coupling, cross-border balancing and coordinated capacity. The WB6 stakeholders continued activities to put in place the necessary legal, institutional and technical prerequisites to advance the creation of a regional electricity market in the Western Balkans.

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  • Serbia Serbia
  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Kosovo Kosovo
2018 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 05.07.2018

Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Serbia for breach of Third Energy Package unbundling rules

Gas
on 4 July 2018

On 3 July, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated an ex officio preliminary dispute settlement procedure against Serbia for breaching the unbundling and certification rules of the Third Energy Package in the gas sector.  In its Opening Letter, the Secretariat takes the view that by certifying Yugorosgaz-Transport under the independent system operator (ISO) model without fulfilling the corresponding obligations regarding unbundling, Serbia fails to comply with its obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.

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  • Serbia Serbia
2018 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 04.07.2018

Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Kosovo* for lack of transposition of emissions control legislation

Environment
on 3 July 2018

On 2 July, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated an ex officio preliminary dispute settlement procedure against Kosovo* for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants.  In its Opening Letter, the Secretariat takes the view that the national environmental legislation of Kosovo* aiming to curb emissions into the air fails to comply with the obligations under the Energy Community Treaty by not fully transposing the limit values of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and dust for existing plants, as stipulated in the Large Combustion Plants Directive. Furthermore, the Secretariat also considers that the rules for new plants have not been brought in line with the requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive.

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
2018 Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 03.07.2018

Secretariat launches electricity and gas monitoring reports ahead of CESEC meeting

on 28 June 2018

On the eve of the Annual Meeting of the High-level Group on Central and South-Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC), the Secretariat launched two key regional energy market reports.

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2018 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 28.06.2018

European, Energy Community and Mediterranean Energy Regulators Further Intensify Cooperation

on 28 June 2018

Yesterday’s first trilateral workshop of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) kicked-off future closer cooperation of the three regional regulatory bodies. The event follows a series of previous joint activities and events, among which common reports on quality of supply.

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2018 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Customer f36e446f52054409b6d2c9dc6d08f529 Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 28.06.2018

Ukrainian Regulator and TSO bring discussion on the amendments to the Gas Transmission Code before the Energy Dispute Resolution Centre (EDRC)

on 27 June 2018

Today, JSC Uktransgaz (the Ukrainian gas TSO) asked, and the Ukrainian National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission agreed, for EDRC to facilitate their negotiations over implementation of the amendments to the Ukrainian Gas Transmission Code which are supposed to enter into the force by 1 August 2018.

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