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New issue of Energy Community Connected just released

Today, the Secretariat published the second issue of Energy Community Connected – News across the Energy Community Region. This issue provides the latest information on the state of play of gas and electricity sector reforms in Ukraine. Key gas sector developments in the entire Energy Community Region are widely assessed, including the EU antitrust case against Gazprom.   Full article…

Press Release: Secretariat continues to push for reform of Ukraine’s Naftogaz

Yesterday, Director Kopač met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Groysman, Vice Prime Minister Kistion and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee responsible for energy issues Dombrovskyy to discuss the process of unbundling Naftogaz in the context of long-term transit of gas through Ukraine. The parties agreed to continue the discussions next week.

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Press Release: An insight into the Energy Community Summer School

A short video published today provides an insight into what it is like to be a participant or lecturer at the Energy Community Summer School. Following the success of the first two editions, the next Energy Community Summer School will be hosted by DOOR (Society for Sustainable Development Design) in Croatia from 25 August – 1 September 2018.

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Press Release: CESEC 2.0 Bucharest meeting strengthens regional energy cooperation in Central and South-Eastern Europe

Representatives of eight Energy Community Contracting Parties and nine EU Member States gave political impetus to speeding up regional market integration between Energy Community Contracting Parties and EU Member States as well as realization of priority cross-border electricity and gas infrastructure projects. Full article…

Press Release: Energy Community mediation clause in Ukrainian PPA agreements

On 14 September 2017, the Ukrainian regulator (NEURC) approved a regulation amending the template power purchase agreements (PPAs) between the State Enterprise “Energorynok” and economic subjects producing electricity with the use of alternative energy sources. Full article…

Press Release: Secretariat launches gas market integration report ahead of CESEC High Level Group Meeting

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat launched a special report on the state of gas market integration in the Energy Community for the Central and South-Eastern European Gas Connectivity (CESEC) High Level Group Meeting. The report will be presented by Director Kopač at the group’s meeting in Bucharest tomorrow. Full article…

Press Release: 12th Gas Forum pushes for further regional market integration

The Energy Community’s leading gas conference took place on 20 September in Ljubljana. Gathering more than 140 stakeholders, the 12th Gas Forum discussed the most pressing issues facing gas markets in the Energy Community Region and beyond. The Forum underlined that more efforts are required to integrate EU Member State and Contracting Party gas markets. Progress hinges in particular on the swift implementation of EU gas network codes in the Energy Community as well as improving the transparency and harmonisation of gas interconnection tariffs. Full article…

Press Release: Secretariat requests reopening of the certification procedure for unbundling of EMS Serbia

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat formally requested the Serbian regulatory authority AERS to reopen the procedure certifying compliance of the Serbian electricity transmission system operator Elektromreža Srbije (EMS) with the unbundling rules of the Third Energy Package. AERS certified EMS as compliant by a Final Decision of 4 August 2017. Full article…

Press Release: Director meets with Ukraine’s leaders to discuss urgent gas market reforms

Today, Director Kopač met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Groysman and Vice Prime Minister Kistion to discuss the state of play of the country’s gas sector reforms. The meeting focussed on the public service obligation (PSO) act on natural gas market participants and unbundling of the country’s gas incumbent Naftogaz. Full article…

Press Release: Germany requests Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre to facilitate negotiations between electricity transmission system operators of Serbia and Kosovo*

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), requested the Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre  to facilitate negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo* on the long-standing dispute between EMS and KOSTT. The BMZ is particularly concerned about this dispute frustrating investments in the energy sectors in the region and blocking the integration of the regional energy market in the Western Balkans. Full article…

Press Release: Director Kopač and Prime Minister Rama discuss next steps in Albania’s energy reform process

A good week after the new government of Albania was established, Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister Damian Gjiknuri, Director Janez Kopač and Deputy Director Dirk Buschle met today in Tirana to discuss the continuation of the country’s energy sector reform. Together with the Secretariat, the Government will take up the activities again to establish a power exchange and further open up the domestic market. This will include coupling with neighbouring markets in the framework of the Berlin/WB6 process.  Full article…

Press Release: Energy Community Climate Action Group agrees on pathway to meet climate change challenges

Today, the first meeting of the Energy Community Climate Action Group took place at the premises of the Energy Community Secretariat. The meeting brought together Ministers of Energy Community Contracting Parties and Observer countries responsible for climate and energy policy, representatives of the European Commission, think tanks, international financial organisations and civil society. Connie Hedegaard, Chair of the Board of KR Foundation and former EU Commissioner for Climate Action, and Ostap Semerak, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources for Climate Action of Ukraine, were appointed as co-chairs of the group. Full article…

Press Release: Energy Community Summer School 2017 – Shaping future energy leaders

The second Energy Community Summer School took place on 26 August – 2 September in Ohrid, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This year’s summer school was opened by the host country’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Kocho Angjushev and Director Janez Kopač. Full article…

Event: Workshop on implementation of REMIT in the Contracting Parties (Vienna, Austria, 12 September 2017)

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Press Release: ECRB President calls for harmonised regulatory approval of new SEE CAO auction rules

President of the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB), Mr Branislav Prelević, underlined the importance of regionally harmonised regulatory governance for the Coordinated Auction Office in South East Europe (SEE CAO) in a letter sent to fellow regulators yesterday. “A regional body such as SEE CAO can only operate smoothly if it can rely on a coordinated regulatory framework. As regulators in charge of the stakeholders serviced by SEE CAO, it is our duty to align our national regulatory rules accordingly, including unified auction rules”, Mr Prelević stressed.

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Press Release: Secretariat publishes studies on extending the Energy Community Treaty to include value-added tax and public procurement rules

Today, the Secretariat published a study analysing the need for implementation of EU acquis on value added tax in the Energy Community legal order. This follows the publication of a study on extending the Energy Community Treaty to include rules on public procurement earlier this year. Full article…

Press Release: Ukraine urged to reform public service obligation scheme in the natural gas sector

The Energy Community Secretariat, together with the World Bank, has submitted to the Ukrainian authorities a new draft public service obligation act on natural gas market participants aimed at assisting the country in reforming the existing non-compliant scheme and the swift closure of Energy Community dispute settlement Case ECS-2/17.

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Press Release: Secretariat initiates case on Ukraine’s public service obligations in the natural gas sector

On 22 August, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Ukraine in Case ECS-2/17. The Secretariat takes the preliminary view that public service obligations imposed on subjects on the natural gas market by Resolution No 187 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of 22 March 2017 do not comply with the Energy Community acquis communautaire on natural gas.

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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 environment. Full article…

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