Infrastructure

Implementation indicators

  • National Competent Authority

    National Competent Authority

    The Law on strategic investments, adopted on 16 January 2020, fails to fully transpose Regulation (EU) 347/2013. The Law defines the establishment of a Commission for strategic investments and an operational group, but it is not clear which, if any, of these bodies is the national competent authority. Both, the Commission and the operational group, have coordinating roles which are not defined by the Law.

  • Manual of procedures

    Manual of procedures

    The manual of procedures has not been defined yet. It is not clear who and by whom the permit granting process would be facilitated, including preparing the manual of procedures, publishing it and updating it regularly.

  • National regulatory authority involvement

    National regulatory authority involvement

    The national regulatory authority did not publish the methodology and the relevant evaluation criteria for investments in electricity and gas infrastructure projects.

State of compliance

As North Macedonia did not transpose Regulation (EU) 347/2013 and failed to designate the national competent authority, it is still in breach of the infrastructure acquis.

To assist the country in the transposition of the Regulation, the Secretariat provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Economy in December 2017, and again during 2018. The Ministry should, based on the reports and recommendations, adopt a legal act transposing the Regulation.

Transposition would facilitate the realization of candidate PECI and PMI infrastructure projects, pending the 2020 selection process. Beside a PECI 2018 EL_02 project (line 400 kV Bitola – Elbasan), North Macedonia develops important gas projects like interconnectors North Macedonia – Serbia, North Macedonia – Albania (suggested 2020 PECI ) and North Macedonia – Greece (suggested 2020 PMI ).