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Press Release: Secretariat initiates case on the environmental impact assessment of thermal power plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 28 July, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Case ECS-1/15. The Secretariat takes the preliminary view that the environmental impact assessment procedure of the planned thermal power plant Ugljevik 3 in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina was not carried out in compliance with the Energy Community acquis communautiare on  Full Article…

Press Release: Secretariat publishes comprehensive assessment of Georgia’s compliance with the Energy Community acquis

Following Georgia’s accession to the Energy Community on 1 July 2017, the Energy Community Secretariat published today the first comprehensive report assessing the country’s compliance with the aquis communautaire. The aim of the report is to review where Georgia presently stands with respect to implementation of its obligations under the Energy Community Treaty, keeping in  Full Article…

Press Release: Successful mediation under the Energy Community Dispute Settlement Rules

The Energy Community Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre conducted the first mediation as part of the Energy Community dispute settlement procedure.  The dispute arose out of an alleged incompliance with Energy Community law of two environmental permits of two thermal power plants in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (TPP Banovići and TPP Tuzla). The  Full Article…

Event: Energy Community 9th Oil Forum (Belgrade, 27-28 November 2017) premium

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Call for Tender: Technical Assistance to Assess Candidate Projects of Energy Community Interest and Projects of Mutual Interest premium

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Press Release: Secretariat to review independence and performance of Ukraine’s energy regulator

The Secretariat has initiated an assessment of the legal framework and de facto performance of the Ukrainian national regulatory authority, NEURC, upon the regulator’s invitation. The review comes in the context of a number of alleged legal and factual shortcomings hindering NEURC to use its independence and competences granted by the legislation fully.

Press Release: 2017 Western Balkan 6 Summit – Energy Community Treaty as basis for further integration of WB6 and neighbouring EU Member State electricity markets

Heads of government, ministers responsible for energy, economy and foreign affairs of the Western Balkans together with their counterparts from several EU Member States and high-level representatives discussed key issues under the connectivity agenda, including energy.

Press Release: Secretariat issues opinion on unbundling of Serbian transmission system operator

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the certification of the Serbian electricity transmission system operator Elektromreza Srbije (EMS) under the Third Energy Package. In its Opinion, the Secretariat considers that EMS can currently not be certified as envisaged by the Preliminary Decision of the Serbian regulatory authority (AERS). This is because EMS  Full Article…

Press Release: New edition of Energy Community Legal Framework now available premium

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Press Release: Ministers of energy and climate agree on joint action at informal Ministerial meeting

The first joint meeting of ministers responsible for energy and environmental/climate policy took place on 9-10 June 2017. The ministers discussed the best ways to contribute towards a low-carbon transition of the Energy Community region and endorsed the establishment of an Energy Community Climate Action Group composed of ministries responsible for energy and climate on  Full Article…

Press Release: Forum outlines path to sustainable energy future for Energy Community Members

The first Sustainability Forum took place under the auspices of the Energy Community and the Balkan Green Foundation on 9 June 2017 in Vienna. Gathering over 120 stakeholders, the Forum provided a unique platform to discuss how the region can transition towards a sustainable energy pathway.

Press Release: Ukrainian President signs Electricity Market Law transposing Third Energy Package

“On 8 June, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the Electricity Market Law aimed at transposing the Third Energy Package in Ukraine. The law, which was drafted with the support of the Energy Community Secretariat, was adopted by the country’s parliament on 13 April.”

Press Release: Secretariat meets with new government of fYR of Macedonia

“A roadmap was agreed for the adoption of the new Energy Law that would transpose the Third Energy Package in gas and electricity and the new Law on Energy Efficiency that would ensure compliance with the Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives.”

Press Release: Athens Electricity Forum: Progress towards creating a trading region in SEE – pace with EU energy policy developments must be kept

“The Energy Community’s biggest annual conference on electricity took place on 31 May and 1 June in Athens. Gathering more than 120 stakeholders, the 22nd Electricity Forum stressed the need for the Energy Community to keep pace with EU energy policy developments in order not to widen the gap between Member States’ and Contracting Parties’  Full Article…

Press Release: Secretariat initiates a case on Ukrainian capacity allocation auction rules and their application for transit

Today the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Ukraine in Case ECS-08/15. The Secretariat takes the preliminary view that the existing legislation on allocating cross-border capacity and its application in Ukraine is not compliant with the Energy Community acquis communautiare related to allocation of cross-border capacity for transit.

Press Release: Secretariat’s agreement with Kosovo* regulator paves way for mutual recognition and reciprocity of licensing regime for wholesale market

The Energy Community Secretariat agreed on the application of the principles of mutual recognition of licenses and reciprocity with the Energy Regulatory Office in Kosovo*, ERO. Based on the understanding reached with ERO, German based market participant, Statkraft, can become a participant in the wholesale electricity market in Kosovo* without requiring a license.

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