Energy Community News

Filters:

Current Filters

Ministerial Council finds that Kosovo* has not transposed the Large Combustion Plants and the Industrial Emissions Directives

Environment
on 27 March 2020

Following up on its meeting on 13 December 2019 in Chisinau, the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community decided by written procedure on a dispute settlement case concerning Kosovo*. The case addresses the failure by Kosovo* to transpose the Large Combustion Plants and the Industrial Emissions Directives related to reducing the emission of certain pollutants into the air.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Kosovo Kosovo
2020 Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 27.03.2020

Stakeholder workshop explores carbon pricing design options for the Energy Community

on 26 March 2020

The first workshop in the context of stakeholder consultations on the study on carbon pricing design for the Energy Community took place on 26 March 2020. More than 80 participants, including representatives of the European Commission, national ministries, energy companies, regulatory authorities as well as NGOs and other stakeholders from all Contracting Parties, received an overview of existing carbon pricing schemes in the Contracting Parties as well as the EU Emissions Trading System and other non-EU schemes. The operation of an emission trading scheme and a carbon tax was explained in depth as well as the pros and cons of each system. 

Read more
2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 26.03.2020

EU4Energy supports development of rules for the operation of supplier of last resort for gas consumers in Georgia

on 26 March 2020

On 25 and 26 March, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and the Georgian National Energy Regulatory Commission (GNERC) launched EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing rules and regulations for the appointment and operation of a supplier of last resort in the natural gas market of Georgia.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2020 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 26.03.2020

Director Kopač congratulates Albania and North Macedonia on EU accession negotiations opening

on 25 March 2020

On 24 March, Albania and North Macedonia reached political agreement with the European Union to open accession negotiations. “I wholeheartedly congratulate Albania and North Macedonia for reaching this critical step in the EU accession process. The Energy Community Secretariat will continue to stand behind all its members and support them on their energy sector reform paths. Over the fifteen years of its existence, the Energy Community has proven to be an indispensable tool for energy sector integration in the wider European space. It is our ambition that all Contracting Parties stand on an equal footing in a pan-European energy market,” stated Mr. Janez Kopač, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Albania Albania
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2020 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Director 618082d51bc94cffbf11e6b44e6a9421 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 25.03.2020

Energy and Climate Committee welcomes leading Contracting Parties’ progress on upgrading pledges under global Paris Agreement as well as integrated National Energy and Climate Plans

on 25 March 2020

Today, the 5th Energy and Climate Committee meeting drew together more than 70 participants to discuss the Contracting Parties’ progress on the preparation of revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC2), ahead of COP26, and integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The European Commission also announced that a call for tender for a study aimed at extending the modelling capacities of the EU to the Contracting Parties for calculating 2030 overall targets was launched today, 25 March 2020, and will remain open until 20 May 2020. It also emphasized the link between NECPs and the Green Deal, focusing in particular on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans.

Read more
2020 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 25.03.2020

Ukraine to be first Contracting Party to implement Gas Capacity Allocation Network Code

Gas
on 24 March 2020

Last week, the Ukrainian gas transmission system operator LLC “Gas TSO of Ukraine” agreed with the Polish GSA Platform Operator to use the GSA Platform to allocate capacities on the interconnection points on the Ukraine-Poland border in line with the Gas Capacity Allocation Network Code and the ENTSOG capacity auction calendar. The first commercial auctions of the yearly products for gas year 2020/2021 will be conducted in July 2020.  

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 24.03.2020

Secretariat convenes meetings to boost sustainable large infrastructure development in the Energy Community

on 20 March 2020

The Energy Community Groups for electricity, gas and oil, charged with steering the process of selecting key infrastructure projects, met on 18 and 19 March. The Groups discussed the methodology for assessing the potential candidate Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECI) and Projects of Mutual Interest (PMI) submitted by project promoters, verifying that they meet the eligibility criteria defined in the Regulation (EU) 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure.

Read more
2020 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf 20.03.2020

EU4Energy assists Ukraine in transposing EU Regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency

on 20 March 2020

On 20 March, EU4Energy Governance launched a technical assistance project to assist Ukraine in the transposition of Regulation (EU) 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT). The Regulation defines a framework for identifying and penalising insider trading and market manipulation in wholesale energy markets across Europe.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 20.03.2020

Technical Assistance to Connectivity paves way for electricity market integration in the Western Balkans, additional efforts required to complete the process 

Electricity
on 19 March 2020

Technical assistance to Regional Energy Market Connectivity in the Western Balkans, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat, has drawn to a close. The project’s budget of EUR 1 million was implemented through 17 projects and more than 50 workshops, trainings and meetings, contributing to the creation of a regional energy market and capacity building of 43 stakeholders directly or indirectly supported through the project.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
2020 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 19.03.2020

Moldova to acquire tool to monitor energy efficiency developments

on 18 March 2020

On 18 March, EU4Energy Governance launched a technical assistance project to support Moldova with the development of a web-based Monitoring and Verification Platform (MVP) that will assist authorities in measuring progress towards energy efficiency targets and calculate energy savings.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2020 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 18.03.2020

Only two weeks left to register for Energy Community Summer School 2020

on 17 March 2020

If you are a postgraduate student or a young professional looking to get ahead in your energy career, don’t miss the chance to take part in the 5th edition of the Energy Community Summer School. The Summer School offers an intensive but stimulating programme consisting of a combination of first class lectures, course work and social / cultural activities.

Read more
2020 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 17.03.2020

Secretariat adopts COVID-19 policy, upcoming events to be webstreamed or postponed

on 16 March 2020

Due to the recent developments linked to the COVID-19 situation and measures issued by the Austrian authorities, the Energy Community Secretariat has taken temporary actions to limit access to its premises to prevent the spreading of COVID-19.

Read more
2020 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 16.03.2020

Energy Community Coordination Group puts energy efficiency of buildings in the spotlight, unveils new biomass-based heating database

Energy efficiency
on 12 March 2020

Improving the energy efficiency of buildings was at the core of the 22nd meeting of the Energy Community Coordination Group in Vienna on 11 March. The meeting took stock of the implementation of national building renovation strategies, as set out in the Group’s work programme 2019-2020, and ongoing and future investment programmes. This topic is expected to feature significantly in the next EU financial framework 2021-2027. With respect to the next energy efficiency issues to be tackled, it was agreed that the Group would prioritize working with municipalities on heating and cooling as well as nearly zero energy buildings. Stronger requirements for energy efficiency appliances and innovative funding programmes for residential buildings renovation would also be in focus. The national institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks governing the housing sector with an impact on energy investment will be assessed and improved. 

Read more
2020 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 12.03.2020

EU4Energy supports Ukraine with transposition of energy infrastructure regulation

on 11 March 2020

On 10 March, 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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 11.03.2020

Debriefing of embassies and international organisations on the Ukrainian renewables dispute

Renewable energy
on 6 March 2020

Yesterday, Deputy Director Dirk Buschle, in his capacity as mediator of a dispute between investors in renewable energy (wind and solar) and the Ministry responsible for energy and environment of Ukraine, debriefed the embassies and international organizations based in Kyiv on the state of negotiations between the parties.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 06.03.2020

Secretariat meets new Kosovo Government, discusses future of energy reforms

on 4 March 2020

The Secretariat met with representatives of the new Kosovo* Government, including Prime Minister Kurti, Deputy Prime Minister Abazi, Minister of Economy Hajdari and Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Abdixhiku, in Pristina on 3 March 2020. The meetings focused on issues related to the Kosova e Re project, replacing the existing renewables feed-in tariff support mechanism with a competitive mechanism and development of an integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. Ongoing infringement cases against Kosovo* were also discussed. The Secretariat was represented by Director Kopač, Deputy Director Buschle and Electricity Expert Kllokoqi.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Kosovo Kosovo
2020 Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Director 618082d51bc94cffbf11e6b44e6a9421 04.03.2020

Secretariat to cooperate with Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee regarding alleged abuse of dominance on Burshtyn island by DTEK

on 3 March 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat has received a complaint regarding an abuse of dominance on Burshtyn Island by DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private electricity producer. Allegedly, DTEK is considerably cutting imports of electricity from Slovakia to Burshtyn Island by not utilizing the cross-border transmission capacities assigned to it. It thereby creates shortages of electricity available for sale on the day-ahead market, while at the same time offering more electricity on the balancing market, where prices are higher.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 03.03.2020

Director Kopač meets EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement

on 2 March 2020

Today, the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat met with Olivér Várhelyi, the new EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, in Brussels.  The meeting discussed opportunities for strengthening cooperation between the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat. It also focused on energy transition options for the Energy Community Contracting Parties, including in light of the upcoming EU-Western Balkans Summit taking place on 7 May in Zagreb under the auspices of the Croatian Presidency of the EU.

Read more

In Scope:

  • European Union European Union
2020 European Union f543febf0bd04003a94013a19d2036a7 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Director 618082d51bc94cffbf11e6b44e6a9421 02.03.2020

New study explores future system adequacy and capacity mechanisms in the Western Balkans

Electricity
on 26 February 2020

The electricity markets in the Western Balkans are experiencing a period of complex transition, characterised by the liberalization and decarbonisation agenda. Full integration into the EU internal energy market will require alignment with the European target model (e.g. reforms of the wholesale market and market coupling), European environmental regulation (e.g. implementation of Large Combustion Plants Directive, Industrial Emissions Directive and CO2 pricing, increased renewables penetration targets), and phasing out of existing non-compliant State aid. As a consequence, a number of plants could potentially retire, which raises security of supply concerns.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
2020 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 26.02.2020

Montenegro continues to take major steps to reduce GHG emissions as government approves cap and trade system for major emitters

 

on 24 February 2020

Following the adoption of the Law on Protection from the Negative Impacts of Climate Change in December 2019, Montenegro continues to lead the way in the Energy Community in the establishment of a complete system required to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, protect the ozone layer and adapt to climate change. A new regulation on activities emitting GHG for which a GHG emission permit has been issued, adopted by the Government on 6 February and having entered into force on 21 February, brings Montenegro even closer to the EU acquis in the area of climate change. Its adoption was also one of the prerequisites for opening Chapter 27 of EU accession talks (on environment and climate change).

Read more

In Scope:

  • Montenegro Montenegro
2020 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 24.02.2020

Director Kopač addresses Serbia’s Energy Policy Forum, highlights legislative pathway for the energy transition

on 20 February 2020

On 19 February, Director Kopač addressed the Energy Policy Forum hosted by the Parliament of Serbia in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Mr Kopač presented the Secretariat's findings on Serbia's progress in aligning with the Energy Community acquis and engaged in a dialogue with Members of Parliament and other stakeholders. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Serbia Serbia
2020 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Director 618082d51bc94cffbf11e6b44e6a9421 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 20.02.2020

North Macedonia starts procedure for granting water concession for electricity production from hydropower plant on Crna River

 

Renewable energy
on 20 February 2020

The Government of North Macedonia has launched a procedure for granting water concession for construction of a hydropower plant on Crna River (HPP Cebren).

Read more

In Scope:

  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2020 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 20.02.2020

North Macedonia becomes first Contracting Party to start converting coal mines to solar fields

Renewable energy
on 18 February 2020

As part of its efforts to boost renewables and fight air pollution, North Macedonia has initiated the realization of its plans to build solar PV plants on top of a coal mine site in Oslomej, Kicevo. On 11 February 2020, the government launched a public tender seeking investors to construct two photovoltaic units of up to 100 MW in total. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2020 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 18.02.2020

REMINDER: Deadline to submit candidate priority infrastructure projects PECI/PMI approaching 

on 17 February 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat launched the call for key regional infrastructure projects that may benefit from EU technical assistance and grants and streamlined permitting procedures on 3 February 2020. To qualify, the project must have a cross-border impact and help the Energy Community to achieve its energy and climate policy objectives. The call is open to the following categories of projects: electricity transmission, storage, smart grid; gas transmission, storage, LNG/CNG infrastructure; oil transmission and storage. The deadline for submission is no later than 28 February 2020 (midnight CET).

Read more
2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d 17.02.2020

Secretariat rejects certification of Ukrenergo under the Third Energy Package

Electricity
on 13 February 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the Ukrainian regulator’s draft certification decision on Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian electricity system operator. In its Opinion, the Secretariat takes the view that Ukrenergo does not own the electricity transmission assets as required by Article 9(1) of the Electricity Directive,

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 13.02.2020

Moldova intensifies efforts to certify Moldelectrica, its TSO for electricity

Electricity
on 12 February 2020

Following the Secretariat’s Opinion on the certification of the electricity transmission system operator Moldelectrica, representatives of the Moldovan regulator (ANRE) and Moldelectrica met experts from the Secretariat to discuss options for unbundling. The workshop in Chisinau was organized under EU4Energy. Despite some remaining obstacles in the national legislation, all participants agreed that the unbundling of Moldelectrica must be regarded a top priority for the Moldovan energy sector.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2020 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 12.02.2020

National Energy and Climate Plan in Georgia tackled during EU4Energy high level meeting in Tbilisi

on 12 February 2020

On 12 February, EU4Energy Governance organised a High Level Policy Talks event to support Georgia with the development of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP). Top experts of the Energy Community Secretariat and invited speakers shared their knowledge and expertise to provide clarifications on relevant aspects of EU/Energy Community energy and climate policy and law and relevant EU regulatory and organisational practices.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2020 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 12.02.2020

Secretariat calls on national State aid authorities to scrutinize subsidies to coal electricity production

on 7 February 2020

In June 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat published a study on analysing and quantifying direct and hidden subsidies to support the coal sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine during the period 2015-2017. The Secretariat sent a follow-up preliminary assessment of these subsidies under the Energy Community State aid acquis to the competent State aid authorities to further assess these measures as to their compatibility with the State aid acquis.

Read more
2020 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b 07.02.2020

North Macedonian Parliament adopts the most all inclusive Energy Efficiency Law Energy

Energy efficiency
on 6 February 2020

Energy Community Secretariat welcomes yesterday’s adoption of a comprehensive Law on Energy Efficiency, transposing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Regulation on Labelling of energy related products, and Directive on Eco-design of energy related products.

Read more

In Scope:

  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2020 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 06.02.2020

Secretariat launches study on carbon pricing design in the Energy Community

on 3 February 2020

While the Energy Community Treaty works to integrate Contracting Parties into the EU energy market via harmonization of the legal and regulatory framework, a crucial element is still missing – a carbon pricing mechanism. EU electricity prices account for externalities via the emissions trading system (ETS), while the current Energy Community acquis does not include any such framework. A gradual alignment of the Energy Community carbon pricing policies with those of the EU would ensure a level playing field in the context of regional and pan-European market integration.

Read more
2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 03.02.2020

Secretariat launches call for priority infrastructure projects

on 3 February 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat launched the call for key regional infrastructure projects that may benefit from EU technical assistance and grants and streamlined permitting procedures. To qualify, the project must have a cross-border impact and help the Energy Community to achieve its energy and climate policy objectives. The call is open to the following categories of projects: electricity transmission, storage, smart grid; gas transmission, storage, LNG/CNG infrastructure; oil transmission and storage. The deadline for submission is no later than 28 February 2020 (midnight CET).

Read more
2020 Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 03.02.2020

EU4Energy holds capacity building workshop on energy related legal developments in Ukraine

on 1 February 2020

On 30 and 31 January 2020, the Secretariat hosted a EU4Energy capacity building workshop on energy related legal developments in Ukraine and next steps in the harmonization with the Energy Community acquis. The workshop was attended by experts of the Secretariat of Committee on Energy, Housing and Utilities Services of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 01.02.2020

Secretariat welcomes adoption of Serbian NERP

on 31 January 2020

At its session held on 30 January 2020, the Government of Serbia adopted the country’s National Emission Reduction Plan. The Secretariat welcomes the plan’s adoption as an important step in reducing emissions into the air from large combustion plants, which comes as a follow-up to Energy Community dispute settlement Case ECS-1/20.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Serbia Serbia
2020 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 31.01.2020

Negotiations under the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre address recent challenges in the Ukrainian renewables sector

Renewable energy
on 29 January 2020

On 25 January 2020, the first joint negotiation session between representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection and two investor organizations, the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency and the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, took place in Kyiv. The negotiations are mediated by the Energy Community Secretariat. The negotiations aim at finding appropriate solutions to a number of issues related to the Ukrainian renewable energy sector. The parties agreed on several work streams and deliverables for the upcoming two weeks. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 29.01.2020

Energy Community in Davos

Director
on 23 January 2020

Director Kopač participated today to several World Economic Forum events in Davos, primarily as panellist in sessions related to economic and energy policy reforms in Ukraine.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Director 618082d51bc94cffbf11e6b44e6a9421 23.01.2020

Early notification: Secretariat to open call for candidate projects of Energy Community interest in early February 2020

on 21 January 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat commenced the third selection procedure for Projects of Energy Community Interest and Projects of Mutual Interest (PECI/PMI) in January 2020 in line with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure, as adopted in the Energy Community. The launch of the project submission process will be announced on the Energy Community website in early February 2020.

Read more
2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 21.01.2020

Jump start your energy future - Apply for the Energy Community Summer School programme

on 20 January 2020

The Secretariat is delighted to launch today the call for applications for the 5th edition of the Energy Community Summer School. This year’s Summer School will take place from 22 August to 29 August 2020 at the Masaryk University Centre in Telc, Czech Republic, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.

Read more
2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 20.01.2020

EU4Energy experts present draft regulations for regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems in Georgia

on 16 January 2020

On 15-16 January, EU4Energy experts presented draft guidelines and regulations for regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems to representatives of the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development at a workshop in Tbilisi. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2020 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 16.01.2020

Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Serbia for lack of adoption of a National Emission Reduction Plan

Environment
on 15 January 2020

Today, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Serbia to address the incomplete implementation of the Large Combustion Plants Directive. The Directive took effect on 1 January 2018 in the Energy Community. For existing large combustion plants, two alternative implementation avenues exist: either compliance with the emission limit values for SO2, NOx and dust at individual plant level, or implementation of a National Emission Reduction Plan (NERP). Every plant must be covered by either of the two options. Out of the sixteen existing large combustion plants in Serbia, nine are under the scope of the dispute settlement case.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Serbia Serbia
2020 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 15.01.2020

Secretariat and Agora Energiewende propose no-regret measures to advance the energy transition in the Western Balkans

on 14 January 2020

Following the publication of the European Green Deal, which underlines the need to engage the Western Balkans in the decarbonisation pathway, the Secretariat and Berlin-based Agora Energiewende proposed a set of specific measures to advance the clean energy transition in the Western Balkans and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Read more
2020 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 14.01.2020

New WBIF Publication: Investing in Clean Energy in the Western Balkans

on 14 January 2020

The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) has released the fourth edition of the publication “Investing in Clean Energy in the Western Balkans”. Prepared with the support of the Energy Community Secretariat, it now covers energy efficiency and renewable energy, making it a truly clean energy publication.
 

Read more
2020 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 14.01.2020

Secretariat rejects choice of unbundling model of Gastrans

on 13 January 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the Serbian regulator’s draft certification decision on Gastrans, the Serbian section of the TurkStream II pipeline system. In its Opinion, the Secretariat recalls that Gastrans has not been lawfully exempted from the unbundling provisions of the Gas Directive. The project does not enhance competition, as required for an exemption under Article 36 of the Gas Directive, but is detrimental to the development of competition on the Serbian market. By consequence, Gastrans is not eligible for a model of unbundling outside the Third Energy Package, as created by AERS, but can only be certified under the Gas Directive’s provisions on ownership unbundling.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Serbia Serbia
2020 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Third package 0668f35abe68418ba5d6249f9f2f644c 13.01.2020

Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Kosovo for illegal State aid to Kosovo e Re

on 23 December 2019

On 20 December 2019, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Kosovo* in Case ECS-4/19,  addressing its concerns with regard to the illegality and existence of State aid in relation to the Kosovo e Re project. In particular, the Secretariat preliminarily found that certain measures, such as energy and availability payments over 20 years under the power purchase agreement, the sale and transfer of the plant site under market value, a state guarantee, a VAT exemption, and taking over several charges and costs constitute State aid. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Kosovo Kosovo
2019 Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 23.12.2019

Georgia leap-frogs from outdated energy market framework to Third Energy Package 

on 18 December 2019

Following the Parliament’s adoption in third reading of the Law on Energy and Water Supply and the Law on Renewable Energy Sources, Georgia has laid down the foundation to reform its energy sector in line with the Energy Community Treaty and European energy law. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 18.12.2019

The Secretariat supports certification of the gas transmission system operator of Ukraine

on 17 December 2019

By an Opinion adopted today under the Third Energy Package, the Secretariat confirmed that the newly established gas transmission system operator of Ukraine, GTSO, is unbundled in line with the requirements from European law. Unbundling had been suffering from internal disputes and inertia for many years. Today’s  positive Opinion is essentially the consequence of the recent adoption of a Law on Unbundling by Verkhovna Rada. On the basis of this Law, the vertically integrated Naftogaz group transferred the shares in GTSO to MGU, a holding company controlled by the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance also equipped GTSO with so-called economic management rights over the transmission assets, which enable the company to use and operate the state-owned system. As a consequence of these transactions, GTSO will operate as an independent system operator (ISO) as from 1 January 2020.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Third package 0668f35abe68418ba5d6249f9f2f644c Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 17.12.2019

Energy Community Ministerial Council focuses on 2030 targets and enforcement

on 13 December 2019

Convening under the Moldovan Presidency in Chisinau today, the 17th Energy Community Ministerial Council focused on Energy Community Treaty reforms and the 2030 energy and climate framework.

Read more
2019 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Decision making 0aeb12266d8743f9977b40db9721b293 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 13.12.2019

Ukraine and Moldova sign Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Area of Security of Gas Supply

on 13 December 2019

Today, the High-level Policy Talks on gas security of supply and cooperation, organized under the auspices of the EU4Energy Governance Project*, took place in Chisinau. Back to back with the 17th meeting of the Energy Community Ministerial Council, Moldova and Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Cooperation in the Area of Security of Gas Supply as a result of Energy Community and EU4Energy efforts to strengthen energy security in the region. The Memorandum was signed by Mr Anatol Usatîi, Minister of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova and Mr Kostiantyn Chyzhyk, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 13.12.2019

Parliamentary Plenum in Chisinau endorses report on energy efficiency, in 2020 to focus on coal regions in transition and energy prosumers

on 12 December 2019

Today, the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum met in Chisinau under the chairmanship of Vladimir Golovatiuc, Chair of the Committee for Economy, Budget and Finance of the Parliament of Moldova. Members of Parliament discussed the draft Report on the Future of Energy Efficiency in the Energy Community, drafted by Mr Aleksandar Damjanovic, Member of the Parliament of Montenegro.

Read more
2019 Decision making 0aeb12266d8743f9977b40db9721b293 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 12.12.2019

WB6 regional electricity market integration reached point of no return

Electricity
on 9 December 2019

The WB6 regional electricity connectivity closing event brought together 80 stakeholders from all WB6 Contracting Parties on 5 December in Tivat, Montenegro. The project successfully delivered 11 national, one bilateral and five regional projects, which were instrumental in tackling some of the biggest challenges the WB6 were facing in creating a regional electricity market. The participants agreed that the creation of the regional market was now at the point of no return. Its continuation is critical to meeting the region’s energy priorities - ensuring security of supply and meeting decarbonisation objectives.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Serbia Serbia
  • Montenegro Montenegro
2019 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 09.12.2019

Study uncovers potential cyber threats to critical energy infrastructure

on 9 December 2019

Following one year of research and analysis, the final cybersecurity study on the energy sector in the Energy Community was presented at the cybersecurity workshop on 10 December in the Secretariat’s premises in Vienna. The main problem identified is the generally weak or missing focus on the energy sector in national cybersecurity strategies and implemented legislation. This is of particular concern as the energy sector requires specific communication and operation technologies, critical timescales and sensitivity to cascading effects.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Cybersecurity a1cdcb2648694f9c9233e3a660c62322 09.12.2019

Negotiations about state guarantee for the Tuzla 7 project end without agreement

on 6 December 2019

The Secretariat and representatives of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina yesterday terminated their negotiations related to the planned coal-fired power plant Tuzla 7 without having reached an agreement. The negotiations became futile after the Federal Minister of Finance on 19 November 2019 signed a guarantee agreement without prior clarification of compliance with Energy Community State aid rules.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f 06.12.2019

Energy Community Regulatory Board Work Programme 2020: ECRB to extend international regulatory cooperation under direction of new President

on 5 December 2019

At its meeting on 4 December 2019 in Athens, the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) adopted its work programme for 2020. Among others, it foresees the further strengthening of international cooperation with MEDREG and CEER regulators based on a Cooperation Arrangement signed by the three regional regulatory institutions in December 2018. In this context, ECRB welcomed the involvement of the Energy Regulatory Agency of Azerbaijan in ECRB, which participated in Plenary discussions for the first time. It was also agreed to further tighten cooperation with the gas regulatory authority of Egypt.

Read more
2019 Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Customer f36e446f52054409b6d2c9dc6d08f529 05.12.2019

Training session raises awareness of methane emissions in the gas sector

Gas
on 28 November 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the Technical Association of the European Natural Gas Industry (MARCOGAZ) organised a training session on “Methane Emissions in the Gas Sector” on 26 and 27 November in Vienna. The aim of the session was to raise awareness and share the knowledge on the matter with a special focus on Central and South-Eastern Europe.

Read more
2019 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 28.11.2019

EU4Energy organizes capacity building workshop on Natural Gas Market Rules in Moldova

on 27 November 2019

On 26-27 November 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat organized a two-day workshop in Chisinau for the representatives of natural gas market stakeholders of Moldova. The training focused on the Natural Gas Market Rules of Moldova, which are currently under public consultation initiated by the country’s regulator ANRE.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 27.11.2019

Secretariat launches training for Contracting Party national judges

on 25 November 2019

National judges of the Contracting Parties are barely informed about the existence of the Energy Community and are not used to applying Energy Community law. However, the relevance of Energy Community law for national court judges of the Contracting Parties is increasingly growing. In order to boost their awareness and knowledge of EU / Energy Community law in the areas of energy, environment and beyond, the Secretariat held today the first training of national judges in North Macedonia. The training gathered judges from primary courts, appellate courts, the administrative court as well as the constitutional court. In the future, the Secretariat may conduct trainings in other Contracting Parties as well.

Read more

In Scope:

  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2019 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 25.11.2019

Energy Community discusses new timeframe for 2030 targets

on 21 November 2019

At today’s meeting of the Energy and Climate Technical Working Group, the European Commission announced a new timeframe for setting 2030 targets for energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emission reduction within the Energy Community. The targets are now expected to be adopted by mid-2021. Even before having the Energy Community targets in place, several Contracting Parties showed their determination to move ahead with 2030 energy and climate planning in the imminent future based on their own targets.

Read more
2019 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 21.11.2019

Ukrainian Parliament creates basis for unbundling the gas transmission system operator

Gas
on 19 November 2019

By adopting a Law on amending several legal acts for the purpose of unbundling the gas transmission system on 15 November, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine created the necessary conditions for establishing an independent system operator (ISO) for gas in line with the Third Energy Package applicable under the Energy Community Treaty. Following years of inertia and political infighting, the adoption of the Law removes one of the main obstacles to compliance in the country’s gas sector and for the continuation of long-term gas transits from Russia.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 19.11.2019

EU4Energy holds capacity building workshop on Electricity Market Rules in Moldova 

on 19 November 2019

On 19 November, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated a two-day capacity building workshop in Chisinau under the framework of the EU4Energy project, aimed at increasing the local authorities’ and market participants’ know-how to follow up on the implementation of the electricity market reform in Moldova.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 19.11.2019

The clock is ticking: Coal-fired power plants struggle to meet emissions standards, reveals Annual Implementation Report

on 18 November 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report published today shows that all Contracting Parties which have coal in their energy mix are not in compliance with the emission ceilings established under their National Emission Reduction Plans (NERPs) for at least one of the three pollutants (nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and dust) of the Large Combustion Plants Directive. Kosovo* failed to comply with the ceilings for all three, while Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia both failed to reach the ceilings for sulphur dioxide and dust. Ukraine’s 67 plants falling under the NERP narrowly met the emission ceilings this year, while Moldova failed to report its annual emissions of 2018. Given the lack of adoption of the NERP in Serbia, large combustion plants have to comply with the emission limit values of the Directive on an individual basis. For the majority of Serbia’s plants, this is not yet the case with emissions of sulphur dioxide being particularly worrisome.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Statistics 82dae17f41a9465094f68e083e79ac64 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 18.11.2019

Energy Performance Certification Tool for Georgia

on 14 November 2019

On 14 November, the Energy Community Secretariat held expert consultations with Georgian stakeholders in Tbilisi, aimed at developing the skills and competencies needed to use an excel based tool for the calculation of energy performance of buildings. The tool was developed under the framework of the EU4Energy Governance project.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 14.11.2019

Renewable Energy Coordination Group takes stock of Contracting Parties progress to meet 2020 targets

Renewable energy
on 13 November 2019

This week, the Energy Community Secretariat hosted three consecutive events on how to boost renewables and facilitate their integration into the energy market to enable the energy transition. Finding the right policies and measures for a conducive renewables framework remains critical as many Contracting Parties have fallen behind in meeting their 2020 renewables targets. 

Read more
2019 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 13.11.2019

North Macedonia prepares first strategy in line with integrated national energy and climate plans

on 12 November 2019

On 11 November 2019, North Macedonia presented to the Secretariat the final draft of its Energy Strategy 2040, including with the perspective till 2030, which is the first to follow the overall structure of national energy and climate plans (NECPs) in the Energy Community and the timeframe indicated by the related Ministerial Council Recommendation. It covers the five dimensions of the Energy Union, although merging integration and security of energy markets and including an additional dimension on legal and regulatory aspects. The strategy sets out three scenarios, of which the intensive renewables one (green scenario) proved to be the most cost-effective. It incorporates also results from the study on 2030 targets, which the Secretariat launched in 2018 and was finalised earlier this year.

Read more

In Scope:

  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2019 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 12.11.2019

EU4Energy steers implementation of smart metering in Ukraine

on 7 November 2019

On 7 November, the first stakeholder meeting to launch support for the development of a methodology for smart meter rollout in Ukraine took place under the framework of the EU4Energy project. Smart meters measure the exact use of energy (i.e. gas and electricity) by consumers and send the information automatically to the energy supplier, giving the possibility to better manage energy use, save money and reduce emissions. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 07.11.2019

Secretariat launches tender for assistance in assessing candidate Projects of Energy Community Interest and Projects of Mutual Interest

on 31 October 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat has launched a tender for technical support to the Electricity and Gas-Oil Groups in charge of assessing the candidate Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECI) and Projects of Mutual Interest (PMI) in electricity, gas and oil infrastructure, hydro pump storage and smart grids deployment.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 31.10.2019

Energy Community VAT project group embarks on harmonizing taxes on cross-border energy sector transactions

on 30 October 2019

Differences in value added tax (VAT) are a critical barrier to cross-border trade in electricity and gas. This is the reason why the Energy Community Secretariat with the assistance of DG TAXUD, European Commission, initiated efforts to synchronise VAT regimes across the Contracting Parties. The basis for this work is the EU VAT Directive. Its full implementation is also a precondition for market coupling, starting with the first projects between Bulgaria and North Macedonia and 4 MMC with Serbia.  A platform of VAT experts, primarily consisting of representatives of Ministries of Finance, was created to lead this process.

Read more
2019 VAT 6ae0bc6285db4c038a11d9e5f238b36d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 30.10.2019

Latest Pan-European market monitoring report highlights new gas and electricity trends in the Energy Community

on 30 October 2019

The Annual Report on the Results of Monitoring the Internal Electricity and Natural Gas Markets was released today by the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). For the third time in a row, the report covers electricity and gas market trends in the Energy Community Contracting Parties based on data provided by the Contracting Parties’ national regulatory authorities. 

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 30.10.2019

EU4ENERGY meeting maps out how to improve settlement of cross-border unintentional deviations between Ukraine and Moldova

on 29 October 2019

On 29 October, Energy Community Secretariat experts led a workshop in Kyiv, addressing the key mechanisms for future management of unintentional deviations between power systems of Ukraine and Moldova. Representatives of the national regulatory authorities and transmission system operators from Moldova and Ukraine engaged in an active discussion on the regulatory requirements for the settlement of the unintended exchanges in line with current practice in EU Member States and discussed approaches in designing the arrangements for settlement of unintentional deviations between power systems. Furthermore, the model of the new ENTSO-E methodology for Continental Europe on the common settlement rules for all unintended exchanges of energy was presented.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 29.10.2019

Secretariat concerned about draft amendments to the Electricity Market Law in Ukraine

Electricity
on 22 October 2019

A recent draft promoted by members of the Verkhovna Rada, the Parliament of Ukraine, envisages that in the future the government may prohibit or restrict electricity exports and imports, and imposes strict price caps on the wholesale market. It also excludes large renewable power installations above a capacity of 150 MW from priority dispatch, and allows for curtailment without compensation for these installations. The proposed changes are likely to breach Energy Community rules. The draft passed already the Rada’s committee on energy on Friday last week.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 22.10.2019

Secretariat launches tender for renewables in transport study

Renewable energy
on 21 October 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat launched on 18 October 2019 a tender for a study to define possible options for the future of renewables in the transport sector until 2030 in the Contracting Parties.

Read more
2019 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 21.10.2019

Montenegro adopts the Law on Protection from the Negative Impact of Climate Change

Climate
on 18 October 2019

At its 139th session, held on October 17 in Pljevlja and chaired by President Dusko Markovic, the Government of Montenegro adopted the Law on Protection from the Negative Impact of Climate Change.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Montenegro Montenegro
2019 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 18.10.2019

Secretariat seeks carbon pricing design consultants

on 14 October 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat is looking for qualified consultants to carry out a study on carbon pricing design for the Energy Community. The objective of this project is to assess and propose the design of an effective carbon pricing mechanism conducive to decarbonisation of the Energy Community Contracting Parties’ electricity sectors.

Read more
2019 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 14.10.2019

Energy Community Oil Forum highlights new trends and challenges in the oil sector

Oil
on 9 October 2019

The 11th Energy Community Oil Forum pointed to the latest trends and challenges facing the oil sector on 8 and 9 October in Belgrade. Oil security, which came to the forefront following the recent attacks on Saudi crude facilities, and the transposition and implementation of the Oil Stocks Directive topped the agenda. The Forum also discussed cyber security threats in the oil sector and the potential impacts of a national attack on neighbouring countries.

Read more
2019 Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf 09.10.2019

Georgia to receive assistance in developing new standard terms and conditions for electricity contracts

on 8 October 2019

The EU4Energy Governance project undertakes to support Georgia in developing new standard terms and conditions for direct contracts for the sale and purchase of electricity. The technical assistance was launched on 8 October with the participation of the Georgian National Energy and Water Regulatory Commission as well as the Georgian State Electro system (TSO) and the Electricity System Commercial Operator (ESCO) and will be delivered by the end of this year. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 08.10.2019

Energy Community Secretariat and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators upgrade cooperation

on 7 October 2019

Today’s signature of an amendment to the Administrative Arrangement concluded between the Secretariat and the European Union Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators, ACER, in 2016 marks the starting point for further enhanced cooperation between the two institutions. The amendment grants the Secretariat the possibility to participate in the Market Integrity and Transparency Working Group of ACER. This will allow the Secretariat to closely follow EU regulators’ discussions on the REMIT Regulation and, by this, support the Energy Community Contracting Parties’ regulators to implement the REMIT Regulation aligned with EU developments. The amended Administrative Arrangement comes in time with the obligation of Contracting Parties to transpose the REMIT Regulation by end of November 2019.

Read more
2019 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 07.10.2019

Regulations for regular inspection of heating and air conditioning underway for Georgia

on 1 October 2019

On 1 October, the EU4Energy Governance Project launched technical assistance to support Georgia in developing regulations and guidelines for the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems, as foreseen in the draft Law on Energy Performance in Buildings of Georgia.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 01.10.2019

2019 Gas Forum focuses on new gas infrastructure, innovative use of gas and future structure of supply routes 

on 26 September 2019

Taking place on 24 and 25 September in Ljubljana, the 14th Energy Community Gas Forum discussed regional gas markets and infrastructure, deploring inter alia the missed opportunity to bring the Serbian Gastrans exemption in line with European standards. On the table was also the future role of gas and innovation in the gas supply chain which will open up potential new uses of gas and related infrastructure in a sustainable manner. The Gas Forum endorsed actions aiming at adoption of the Clean Energy Package in the Energy Community.  “These will help us to work more efficiently with Contracting Parties especially from the perspective of security of supply,’’ explained Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Kopač. Among others, the Gas Forum discussed  the needed amendments to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community in order to make the organization more efficient.

Read more
2019 Security of supply bd6efdcda6f1486b8f775ebeeb44c270 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 26.09.2019

Energy Community gas emergency exercise highlights need for coordination

on 25 September 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat organized the first ever gas emergency exercise on 23 September 2019 in Ljubljana. The competent authorities, transmission system operators and gas undertakings of the Contracting Parties along with Greek representatives had to decide which internal emergency measures they would put in place in case of a prescribed gas disruption scenario. In addition, the exercise represented the first occasion when Contracting Parties had to plan and simulate how they would cooperate and exchange information with their direct neighbours, the Energy Community Secretariat and other countries such as EU Member States along the gas transport route.

Read more
2019 Security of supply bd6efdcda6f1486b8f775ebeeb44c270 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 25.09.2019

Energy Community Dispute Resolution Forum and Vienna Energy Law Forum shed light on impacts of the energy transition on the future of energy law and dispute resolution

on 23 September 2019

The Seventh Vienna Forum on European Energy Law focused on the legal and economic aspects of the great energy transition, covering topics such as private enforcement of environmental and climate law, citizen energy communities, renewable energy auctions and carbon leakage.

Read more
2019 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 23.09.2019

EU4Energy to assist Moldova and Ukraine in improving cross-border trade mechanisms

on 19 September 2019

On 19 September, the kick-off meeting for technical assistance to improve inter-transmission system operator cross-border trade mechanisms between Moldova and Ukraine was launched. The technical assistance is part of EU4Energy support for electricity market reforms in Ukraine and Moldova.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 19.09.2019

Workshop highlights lack of focus on energy and regional cooperation in Contracting Parties’ cybersecurity strategies

on 18 September 2019

A workshop on cybersecurity in the energy sector was hosted by the Secretariat on 17 September 2019 in Vienna.  The workshop, which brought together more than forty participants from the ministries, regulatory bodies and operators of critical electricity and gas infrastructures across the Energy Community, was dedicated to presenting the preliminary results of a study on cybersecurity.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Cybersecurity a1cdcb2648694f9c9233e3a660c62322 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 18.09.2019

High-Level Policy Talk on "Coal Regions in Transition and the Energy Community”

on 16 September 2019

The event was attended by some 80 representatives of all important stakeholders on 13 September in Natolin, Warsaw. The event was co-organized by the European Commission, World Bank, the Energy Community Secretariat (with the support of the EU4Energy Governance project) and College of Europe under the auspices of the COP24 Polish Presidency.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 16.09.2019

Workshop on Katowice Rulebook boosts Contracting Parties’ capacities for effective multi-level climate governance 

on 12 September 2019

On 12 September 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat, with the support of the Polish Government under their COP24 Presidency and the College of Europe, held the workshop “Katowice Rulebook – what’s next?” at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw. 

Read more
2019 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 12.09.2019

EU4Energy initiates development of regulation on protection of vulnerable customers in Georgia

on 12 September 2019

On 11 September, Energy Community Secretariat experts together with representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MOESD), Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC), Social Service Agency, EU Delegation to Georgia and international financial institutions held a kick-off meeting organized within the framework of the EU4Energy Governance project on development of the regulation on protection of vulnerable customers in natural gas and electricity sectors.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 12.09.2019

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

on 12 September 2019

The Advisory Committee of the Energy Community will hold a public hearing on case ECS-10/17 against Serbia according to Article 32 (4) of the Dispute Settlement Rules. The hearing will take place on 20 September 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the premises of the Energy Community Secretariat.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Serbia Serbia
2019 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 12.09.2019

EU4Energy to support development of new electricity procurement procedures in Moldova

on 9 September 2019

On 9 September, the first stakeholder meeting to launch support for the update of the current electricity procurement procedures in Moldova took place in Chisinau. Until the end of the year, Energy Community Secretariat experts, representatives of the National Agency for Energy Regulation of the Republic of Moldova (ANRE) and other stakeholders (Moldelectrica, distribution system operators, suppliers) will work together to review the regulatory framework and draft new procurement procedures and framework contracts in order to establish an efficient process for electricity procurement in Moldova. Furthermore, an assessment and specifications of an efficient electronic process for electricity procurement will be prepared.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 09.09.2019

EU4Energy launches technical assistance to facilitate development of transitional balancing mechanism in Moldova

on 9 September 2019

On 9 September, Energy Community Secretariat experts together with representatives of the National Agency for Energy Regulation of the Republic of Moldova (ANRE) and other stakeholders (Moldelectrica, distribution system operators, suppliers) held a kick-off meeting on developing and implementing a transitional balancing mechanism for Moldova.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 09.09.2019

Ukrainian wholesale electricity market opening: 53% of electricity generation traded on the free market, but reforms may be at risk

Electricity
on 5 September 2019

The new model of a wholesale electricity market in Ukraine started operating on 1 July 2019 and with it also all market segments including the bilateral, day-ahead, intraday and balancing markets. In the analysis published today, the Energy Community Secretariat reflects on the experience gained in the first two months of the functioning of the new wholesale electricity market model.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 05.09.2019

Cycling duo arrives in Kraków after 3,5 days journey

on 30 August 2019

The Energy Community cycling duo arrived safely in Kraków on Thursday at 13:05pm after a 460-kilometre journey through Austria, Slovakia and Poland accomplished in three and a half days. Each cyclist saved 120.3 kgs of CO2 emissions compared to going by plane. The journey was closely followed on facebook by the 40 participants of the Energy Community Summer School who gave the cyclists a warm welcome upon arrival.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 30.08.2019

Director Kopač attends the inaugural session of the new Ukrainian Parliament

on 29 August 2019

Today marked the inaugural session of the new Ukrainian Parliament, Verkhovna Rada. The Director of the Secretariat, Mr Janez Kopač, was honoured to attend the session as a special guest, together with the Vice President of the European Parliament, Ms Klara Dobrev, the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Mr George Tsereteli, and the four former Ukrainian Presidents: Mr Kravchyk, Mr Kuchma, Mr Yuschenko and Mr Poroshenko. Dismissing the old Government, the new 424-member Parliament appointed Mr Alexey Goncharuk as the new Prime Minister. It also selected a new speaker and committees. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Decision making 0aeb12266d8743f9977b40db9721b293 Director 618082d51bc94cffbf11e6b44e6a9421 29.08.2019

Energy Community duo cycles 460 km to this year’s Summer School to underscore importance of decarbonisation and sustainability

on 26 August 2019

The clean energy transition is at the heart of the Energy Community’s activities and constitutes the key focus of this year’s Energy Community Summer School taking place on 24-31 August in Kraków, Poland. In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event and demonstrate the importance of taking ambitious actions to mitigate climate change, a small team of experts of the Energy Community Secretariat left the Vienna premises early today for a 460-kilometre journey through Austria, Slovakia and Poland. 

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 26.08.2019

Fourth Energy Community Summer School inspires next generation of energy leaders

on 26 August 2019

The fourth edition of the Energy Community Summer School took off on 24 August in the historic rooms of the Museum of the Jagiellonian University in the Collegium Maius in Krakow, Poland. The Summer School participants were warmly welcomed by Janez Kopač, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Dirk Buschle, Dean of the Summer School and Secretariat’s Deputy Director, and Professor Andrzej Adamski, Proxy Rector at Jagiellonian University. The opening ceremony was also attended by senior representatives of the Polish Government and the European Commission. 

Read more
2019 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 26.08.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 09.08.2019

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. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 29.07.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 19.07.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 18.07.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Serbia Serbia
2019 Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 17.07.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 16.07.2019

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.  

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 15.07.2019

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. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Italy Italy
2019 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Italy 3eb80ccd80e5454988831bd716acd641 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 01.07.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 28.06.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 27.06.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 26.06.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Third package 0668f35abe68418ba5d6249f9f2f644c Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 25.06.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 24.06.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Albania Albania
2019 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 21.06.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 20.06.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 19.06.2019

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. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2019 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Third package 0668f35abe68418ba5d6249f9f2f644c 17.06.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 14.06.2019

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).

Read more

In Scope:

  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2019 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 13.06.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Director 618082d51bc94cffbf11e6b44e6a9421 11.06.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 07.06.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • European Union European Union
2019 European Union f543febf0bd04003a94013a19d2036a7 Cybersecurity a1cdcb2648694f9c9233e3a660c62322 29.05.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 29.05.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 22.05.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
2019 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 21.05.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Regulator f8a925d8f2804545a60669df6edb98e0 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 20.05.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Bulgaria Bulgaria
2019 Bulgaria ffaf18e8c44f46899be148bfccd4fd24 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 10.05.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 09.05.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Serbia Serbia
2019 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 29.04.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Serbia Serbia
  • Hungary Hungary
2019 Serbia 522c40aaa210467494286e819f08d281 Hungary 8ba6508e8c7c4262b4e701b82b17c952 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 19.04.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 18.04.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Director 618082d51bc94cffbf11e6b44e6a9421 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 17.04.2019

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. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 17.04.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Cybersecurity a1cdcb2648694f9c9233e3a660c62322 12.04.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
  • Armenia Armenia
  • Belarus Belarus
  • Georgia Georgia
  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Armenia 5af5307a008346acbd5aa263707fa9c7 Belarus d36e9a68c5684d95ae82a8aa9ad2cf63 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d 10.04.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 04.04.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Montenegro Montenegro
2019 Montenegro a1c650bedb1843ac9c1e51ce8f30acec Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 01.04.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Moldova Moldova
2019 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 01.04.2019

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.  

Read more
2019 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 29.03.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b 26.03.2019

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%.

 

Read more
2019 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f 25.03.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 22.03.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 22.03.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 15.03.2019

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.

Read more
2019 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd Statistics 82dae17f41a9465094f68e083e79ac64 13.03.2019

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.  

Read more
2019 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 07.03.2019

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. 

Read more

In Scope:

  • Georgia Georgia
2019 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 06.03.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f 04.03.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 01.03.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Moldova Moldova
2019 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 28.02.2019

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.

Read more

In Scope:

  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2019 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Third package 0668f35abe68418ba5d6249f9f2f644c Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 28.02.2019