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Press Release: EU4Energy supports transposition of gas network codes in Moldova

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.

Press Release: Secretariat welcomes next step in establishing Montenegro power exchange

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Event: Cybersecurity Day at the Energy Community (Vienna, 11 April 2019)

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

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 developments.

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

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.

Press Release: Renewable Energy Coordination Group discusses how to scale up renewables in the Energy Community

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.

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

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.

8th Workshop of Eastern Partnership Energy Regulatory Bodies (Minsk, Belarus, 21 – 22 May 2019)

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Press Release: Parliamentary Plenum puts improving energy efficiency in the spotlight, adopts report on promoting renewables

The Plenum underlined the role that Parliaments can play not just in terms of putting in place a conducive legal framework to support energy efficiency but also in terms of leading the way for energy efficiency improvements, such as renovating public buildings, using energy efficiency in public procurement, etc.

Press Release: Secretariat issues Reasoned Opinions against Kosovo* and Moldova for lack of transposition of emissions control legislation

On 19 February 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat brought one step further the dispute settlement procedures against Kosovo* and Moldova for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants.

Press Release: Secretariat and GIZ join forces to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan development

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

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

On 1-2 February, EU4Energy Governance organized another series of High Level Policy Talks in Georgia in order to deepen legislators’ understanding of energy sector reforms stemming from the Energy Community Treaty and work towards a consensus on the key legal provisions.

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