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Press release: Secretariat decides not to initiate cases after successful mediation at the Energy Community Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre

In July 2017, the Secretariat and the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a Settlement Agreement regarding the environmental permits of two planned large combustion plants (TPP Banovici and TPP Tuzla 7). The environmental permits were the subject of cases ECS-16/16 and ECS-17/16 against Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding incompliance with Energy Community acquis. Full article…

Press Release: Montenegro’s RAE becomes first Energy Community regulator to join ACER working groups

Today, Director of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), Alberto Pototschnig, and the President of the National Regulatory Agency of Montenegro (RAE), Branislav Prelević, signed, in the presence of Director Kopač, an Administrative Arrangement allowing RAE experts to participate in ACER Working Groups as of January 2018. Full article…

Press Release: High level meeting to resolve energy law deadlock in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Yesterday, Director General for Energy of the European Commission, Mr Dominique Ristori, and Director Kopač met with Prime Ministers of both entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms Željka Cvijanović and Mr Fadil Novalić, and the state Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Mr Mirko Šarović. Ministers for energy of both entities were also present. The meeting focused on overcoming Bosnia and Herzegovina’s breach of Energy Community law in the gas sector as the country has not transposed the Third or the Second Energy Package. Full article…

Press Release: Progress made on new gas interconnector between Ukraine and Poland

The Energy Community Secretariat acted as facilitator, as part of the Gas 2020 Agenda,between the representatives of transmission system operators and regulators of Poland and Ukraine in discussions on the status and further steps envisaged to construct the new Poland-Ukraine gas interconnector between the transmission systems of Gaz-System of Poland (Hermanowice node) and Ukrtransgaz of Ukraine (Bilche Volytsia UGS).  Full article…

Press Release: Meeting brings Georgia closer to energy sector reform under the Energy Community Treaty

A delegation consisting of all key energy sector stakeholders participated in a three-day meeting in Vienna to finalize the country’s Energy Law and ensure its compliance with the Third Energy Package, based on a draft prepared by the Energy Community Secretariat earlier this year.  Full article…

Press Release: 9th Energy Community Oil Forum focuses on ensuring security of energy supply whilst minimizing environmental impacts

The 9th Energy Community Oil Forum, which took place on 27/28 November 2017 in Belgrade, focussed on oil stocks as part of the security of energy supply, Energy Community infrastructure and the challenges ahead, petrochemical and refining industry trends, climate change and low-carbon strategies in addition to why fuel quality standards are important for the Energy Community Contracting Parties.  Full article…

Press Release: Energy Community RES Coordination Group discusses best practices on renewable energy auction design

The Energy Community Renewable Energy Coordination Group meeting, which took place on 20 and 21 November at the premises of the Secretariat in Vienna, provided an overview of the latest developments in renewable energy at the European and global level. In particular, the meeting focused on sharing the lessons learnt and best practices with regard to renewable energy auction design, which provides a market-based approach to granting the support. Full article…

Press Release: Director presents state of acquis implementation to parliaments

Just days after its launch, Director Kopač presented the key findings of the Secretariat’s 2017 Annual Implementation Report to Members of Parliaments of Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia. Director Kopač will visit other Contracting Party legislatures, including Albania, Kosovo* and Serbia in next days.

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Press Release: Energy Community Climate Action Group convenes at COP23 in Bonn

On 15 November 2017, the Energy Community, with the support of the European Commission Directorate General for Climate Action (DG Clima), convened the second meeting of the Climate Action Group at the twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn. This is the first time that the Energy Community Secretariat participated in the COP. Full article…

Press Release: Secretariat urges Moldova to apply Energy Community law when designing tariff methodologies

The Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Moldova in Case ECS-9/17. Upon the review of a recent amendment to the electricity distribution tariff methodology, the Secretariat took the preliminary view that Moldova failed to implement relevant provisions and principles of Energy Community law, especially regarding cost-reflectivity and the independence of the regulator.

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Press Release: Secretariat’s report takes stock of compliance with the Energy Community Treaty

Today, the Secretariat published its Annual Implementation Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the progress achieved by the Energy Community Contracting Parties in implementing the acquis communautaire under the Energy Community Treaty. Six of the eight Contracting Parties have successfully completed the transposition of the Third Energy Package. An ongoing and persistent failure to perform prevails in Bosnia and Herzegovina and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Full article…

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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