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Press Release: Knocking on the EU’s Door through the Energy Community: Integration of Western Balkans into the Pan-European Energy Market

At a time when EU accession of the Western Balkans returns to the agenda, a report published by the Secretariat today provides the latest overview of the progress made by the Western Balkan members of the Energy Community towards integration with the European Union in the energy sectors. 

Press release: Secretariat discusses gas sector reforms with head of Ukrainian regulatory authority

Today, the Secretariat met with the Chairman of National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC), Mr Dmitro Vovk, at its seat in Vienna. The meeting took stock of the Secretariat’s ongoing assessment of the legal framework and de facto performance of the Ukrainian regulator. The meeting also served to discuss the draft methodology for gas distribution tariffs and draft public service obligation (PSO) act in the gas sector.

Press Release: WB6 technical assistance project to support day-ahead electricity market establishment in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia takes off

On 25 January 2018, the Energy Community Secretariat launched another technical assistance project under the Western Balkan 6 Initiative aimed at supporting former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in establishing a day-ahead electricity market.

Calling young professionals and postgraduate students! Applications for 2018 Energy Community Summer School are now open

Following two very successful Energy Community Summer School terms, the Secretariat is delighted to launch the call for applications for the Energy Community Summer School 2018 today. This year’s summer school will take place in Split, Croatia, between 25 August and 1 September 2018.

Press release: Integrated National Energy and Climate Plans in the Energy Community

Following the 15th Ministerial Council of the Energy Community, convened under the Kosovo* Presidency in Pristina on 14 December, the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community now formally adopted the Recommendation on preparing for the development of integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) proposed by the European Commission.

Press Release: ECRB elects new President and sets priorities for 2018

At its recent session, the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) elected Mr Giorgi Pangani as its President for the years 2018 and 2019. A lawyer by profession, Mr Pangani is working for the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission since 2010. Becoming Commissioner in 2015, his current responsibilities include transposition of the Energy Community acquis communautaire into Georgian legislation and stakeholder coordination.

Press release: Regional projects for market coupling and cross-border balancing in the Western Balkans are kicked-off

On 19 and 20 December, regional projects for technical assistance to support day-ahead market coupling and cross-border balancing in the Western Balkans were kicked-off at meetings held under the Western Balkan 6 Initiative in Vienna. The objective of the technical assistance implemented by the Energy Community Secretariat is to assist the WB6 and neighbouring EU transmission system operators, national regulatory authorities and power exchanges in the preparation and implementation of market coupling projects and platforms for cross-border balancing cooperation. The projects are expected to be finalised by end 2018 as agreed under the Western Balkan 6 Memorandum of Understanding (WB6 MoU).

Press Release: 15th Ministerial Council Sets Vision for Post-2020 Climate and Energy Policy in the Energy Community

Convening under the Kosovo* Presidency in Pristina today, the Energy Community Ministerial Council embarked on a process aimed at setting targets for renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction for 2030 in the Energy Community. 

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.

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.

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.

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). 

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. 

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.

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