The transmission system operators KOSTT of Kosovo* and EMS of Serbia yesterday signed a so-called Inter-TSO Agreement on network and system operation management. The Agreement, negotiated under the auspices of the Secretariat and with the support of the European Commission, brings to an end a controversy between the two operators on their bilateral relations dating back to the beginning of this century. The Inter-TSO Agreement and its technical annexes implement the operational part of the Framework Agreement signed by both parties in Vienna earlier this year.
“Today’s signature is a milestone in the cooperation not only between two companies but also for the normalisation between these Contracting Parties” says Deputy Director Dirk Buschle, who negotiated the agreements together with the Secretariat’s electricity expert Andreas Pointvogl. Director Janez Kopač adds: “Both companies and governments have shown great responsibility and opened the path for better regional integration of the South East European electricity markets. We hope to build on this encouraging development in the near future with fostering the Coordinated Auction Office and other projects of regional importance.” These next steps involve the finalisation of further agreements between EMS and KOSTT, covering the compensation for transit flows and congestion revenues for this year, as well as discussions about KOSTT becoming a member of the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E).
* 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.