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Press Release: Moldova becomes first Energy Community Contracting Party to adopt law transposing the Energy Efficiency Directive

Yesterday, the Parliament of Moldova adopted a new Energy Efficiency Law aimed at transposing Energy Efficiency Directive EU/2012/27. This brings to an end a nearly two-year process in which the Energy Community Secretariat was strongly involved to ensure the law’s compliance with the Energy Community energy efficiency acquis.

Press Release: WB6 regional electricity market integration continues in Vienna

On 2-4 July, the Energy Community Secretariat held a series of meetings focused on regional day-ahead market coupling, cross-border balancing and coordinated capacity. The WB6 stakeholders continued activities to put in place the necessary legal, institutional and technical prerequisites to advance the creation of a regional electricity market in the Western Balkans.

Press Release: Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Serbia for breach of Third Energy Package unbundling rules

On 3 July, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated an ex officio preliminary dispute settlement procedure against Serbia for breaching the unbundling and certification rules of the Third Energy Package in the gas sector. In its Opening Letter, the Secretariat takes the view that by certifying Yugorosgaz-Transport under the independent system operator (ISO) model without fulfilling the corresponding obligations regarding unbundling, Serbia fails to comply with its obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.

European, Energy Community and Mediterranean Energy Regulators Further Intensify Cooperation

Yesterday’s first trilateral workshop of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) kicked-off future closer cooperation of the three regional regulatory bodies. The event follows a series of previous joint activities and events, among which common reports on quality of supply.

Press Release: European, Energy Community and Mediterranean Energy Regulators Further Intensify Cooperation

Yesterday’s first trilateral workshop of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) kicked-off future closer cooperation of the three regional regulatory bodies. The event follows a series of previous joint activities and events, among which common reports on quality of supply.

Press Release: Ukrainian Regulator and TSO bring discussion on the amendments to the Gas Transmission Code before the Energy Dispute Resolution Centre (EDRC)

Today, JSC Uktransgaz (the Ukrainian gas TSO) asked, and the Ukrainian National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission agreed, for EDRC to facilitate their negotiations over implementation of the amendments to the Ukrainian Gas Transmission Code which are supposed to enter into the force by 1 August 2018.

Energy Community Dispute Settlement: Key decisions in the lead up to the Ministerial Council

On 22 June 2018, three Reasoned Requests were submitted to the Ministerial Council for a decision under Article 91 of the Energy Community Treaty. The later concern the lack of transposition and notification of transposition measures to the Secretariat regarding Regulation (EU) 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure by Albania (Case ECS-2/18), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Case ECS-3/18) and Ukraine (Case ECS-4/18).

Press Release: Informal Ministerial Council discusses 2030 energy and climate targets

The second joint meeting of Ministers responsible for energy, environment and climate policy took place on 22-24 June 2018, in Dürnstein (Wachau, Austria). The meeting put a focus on establishing 2030 targets for energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the Energy Community. The meeting was opened by speeches from Josef Plank, General Secretary, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism of Austria, and Laurence Tubiana, CEO of European Climate Foundation.

Press Release: Secretariat issues guidance on preparation of National Energy and Climate Plans in the Energy Community

The Secretariat has published Policy Guidelines aimed at assisting the Contracting Parties in the process of developing integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The NECPs provide a streamlined framework for the Contracting Parties to plan their climate and energy objectives, targets and policies in an integrated manner.

Press Release: First Energy and Climate Technical Working Group advances discussions on 2030 Energy Community targets methodology

The importance of considering economic welfare, different ambition level, breaking down overall targets into corridor targets and looking at potentials – including least cost allocation and interconnectivity as key factors – were among the key arguments brought to the discussion.

Press Release: Energy Community tightens cooperation with Eastern Partnership platform

Yesterday’s  7th workshop of the Eastern Partnership energy regulatory bodies carved out the need to intensify further cooperation between the  European Union (EU), Eastern Partnership and Energy Community countries in the areas of security of supply, solidarity, market integration and beyond. The Energy Community contributed to the event with presentations of the Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Mr Dirk Buschle, and the President of the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB), Mr Giorgi Pangani.

Press Release: The contractual framework pertaining to the Kosova e Re project – the Secretariat’s preliminary concerns

In the conclusions of the “Kosovo Sustainable Development Week” held in Pristina at the beginning of June 2018, the Secretariat was called upon by the participants to issue a position on the compliance of the so-called Kosova e Re project with the rules of the Energy Community. While the Secretariat acknowledges the right of the public in Kosovo* to be informed about the nature of the issues currently under scrutiny, it will continue discussing all matters in more detail with the competent authorities in Kosovo*, and try to find solutions in line with Energy Community law.

Press Release: Athens Forum calls on all stakeholders to establish day ahead markets by mid-2019

Yesterday’s Electricity Forum, the biggest annual conference gathering electricity sector stakeholders from the Energy Community Region and beyond, took place in Athens. The Forum discussed the next steps needed to advance regional electricity wholesale market integration and the challenges ahead. The Forum invited all stakeholders to finalise the establishment of organised day-ahead markets by mid-2019 as a pre-requisite for market coupling.

Press Release: Secretariat supports development of climate change legislation in Kosovo

As announced during the Sustainable Development Week earlier this week in Pristina, the Secretariat submitted to the Kosovo* ministry of environment a draft new law on climate change.  This new law would be transposing Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and the Recommendation of the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community on preparing for the development of integrated national energy and climate plans. The Secretariat expects discussions at technical level on this draft in the coming months.

Press Release: Secretariat works to improve electricity network tariff setting methodology in Ukraine

The Secretariat assessed the regulations and methodologies for electricity network tariff setting in Ukraine, with a particular focus on the regulatory asset based (RAB) methodology. In close cooperation with the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) of Ukraine, the Secretariat developed a set of recommendations to align the RAB methodology with the Energy Community acquis.

Press Release: Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution Centre and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre announce close cooperation in dispute resolution

A memorandum of understanding was concluded between the Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre (EDRC) and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), the arbitration institution established under the auspices of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. VIAC is the premier international arbitration institution in Central and Eastern Europe.

Press Release: Energy Community Secretariat and Azerbaijan agree to boost cooperation

The Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Mr Janez Kopač, and Azerbaijan, represented by the Minister of Energy, Mr Perviz Shahbazov, Chair of the National Energy Regulatory Authority, Mr Samir Axundov, and Director of the Transmission System Operator Azerenerji, Mr Etibar Pirverdiyev, agreed to enhance cooperation in the frames of the EU4Energy Governance technical assistance project at meetings held during the Director’s visit to Baku.

Press Release: South Caucasus Energy Summit (High-level Policy Talks) highlights benefits of upgraded regional energy cooperation in the South Caucasus Region

Today’s traditional South Caucasus Energy Summit, co-organized as EU4Energy High-level Policy Talk in Tbilisi was dedicated to the development of energy infrastructure and connectivity in the South Caucasus Region.  Gathering together ministers and senior officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia as well as representatives of international organizations and donors, the event highlighted opportunities for regional energy projects, thus enhancing energy security and supporting the sustainability of gas and electricity supply in the region

Press Release: South Caucasus Energy Summit (High-level Policy Talks) highlights benefits of upgraded regional energy cooperation in the South Caucasus Region

Today’s traditional South Caucasus Energy Summit, co-organized as EU4Energy High-level Policy Talk in Tbilisi was dedicated to the development of energy infrastructure and connectivity in the South Caucasus Region.  Gathering together ministers and senior officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia as well as representatives of international organizations and donors, the event highlighted opportunities for regional energy projects, thus enhancing energy security and supporting the sustainability of gas and electricity supply in the region. 

Press Release: EU4Energy to support development of detailed Wholesale Electricity Market Rules in Moldova

On 22 May, representatives of the National Energy Regulatory Agency (ANRE), Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure, key stakeholders and Energy Community Secretariat experts held a working meeting in Chisinau to discuss the detailed Wholesale Electricity Market Rules, including rules for the forward market, the day-ahead and intraday markets, the balancing market, ancillary services procurement and imbalance settlement developed under the framework of the EU4Energy project.

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