A Framework Agreement governing the operational and commercial relations between EMS of Serbia and KOSTT of Kosovo* has been signed by both companies’ general managers. The legally-binding Agreement constitutes a milestone in normalizing the relations between the two electricity system operators. Based on its provisions, further arrangements will be made to ensure that KOSTT joins ENTSO-E as an independent control area, participates in the European-wide compensation mechanism among transmission system operators (ITC) and effectively allocates capacities on its interconnectors with neighbouring Contracting Parties of the Energy Community. The Agreement is also likely to bring to an end a long-standing dispute between the Secretariat and Serbia in Case ECS-3/08 in the near future.
The negotiations of the Framework Agreement were facilitated by the Secretariat’s Deputy Director Dirk Buschle and his team together with experts from the European Commission. Director Janez Kopač of the Secretariat expressed his satisfaction about the signature: “This Agreement is not only of bilateral relevance. It will unblock many serious obstacles which so far have prevented regional integration of the electricity markets in South East Europe.”
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.