Recent developments in the field of external energy relations

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Press Release: EU Report: EU-Armenia relations reached new highs

Since January 2015, EU-Armenia relations have developed significantly. The negotiation and provisional application of a new bilateral partnership agreement, as well as the finalisation of Partnership Priorities in February this year have contributed to this success, a new EU report said.

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: Regional economic benefits of energy transition are often overlooked, says EESC

On 31 May, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a hearing on Energy Transition in Europe’s Regions to shine a spotlight on the regional economic benefits of the shift to decentralised and low-carbon energy supplies, a topic which has remained largely unexplored despite the fact that the transition has a distinctly regional dimension.

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.

Written Answer to a Question: Investment in fossil fuels, counter to the Climate Agreement, which could give rise to stranded assets such as the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline

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Question for Written Answer: Nord Stream 2 violating the principle of energy solidarity

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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: IEA and China National Bureau of Statistics hold training workshop on energy statistics

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the China National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) kicked off a joint training workshop in Beijing on Wednesday, focusing on the importance of energy efficiency indicators and renewable energy statistics for policy worldwide.

Antitrust Case: 39816 – Upstream gas supplies in Central and Eastern Europe

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the EEA Council (23 May 2018)

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Antitrust: Commission imposes binding obligations on Gazprom to enable free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets

The European Commission has adopted a decision imposing on Gazprom a set of obligations that address the Commission’s competition concerns and enable the free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets, to the benefit of European consumers and businesses.

Press Release: IEA report highlights need for policy action to improve power system flexibility

The rapid growth of renewable energy in recent years has been remarkable. Solar PV in particular has seen record growth last year and is on track to meet long term climate goals at this rate of deployment. Decreasing costs for both wind and solar energy, and strong government policy support have contributed to this impressive success story.

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.

Enlargement countries – energy statistics

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Press Release: EU4Energy Governance continues to support electricity market reform in Moldova

On 21 May, experts of the Energy Community Secretariat presented the results of the analysis phase on drafting the methodology for calculation, approval and application of tariffs for the Electricity Market Operator to the National Energy Regulatory Agency and electricity market participants in Moldova. The next phase consists of the development of the methodology, in compliance with the provisions of the Law on Electricity aimed at transposing Moldova’s obligations under the Third Energy Package.

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