The Commission released an extended version of the Press Release.
On 27 September 2018, the Serbian parliament approved the removal of the destination clause included in the 2012 inter-governmental agreement between the government of the Republic of Serbia and the government of the Russian Federation for the supply of natural gas. This agreement provided that the gas supplied on its basis is intended for use in the Serbian market only, thereby restricting the territory to which the Serbian buyer can sell the gas. Such destination clause constitutes a violation of Energy Community competition law.
The aim of the workshop, held on 26 February 2018, was to assess and discuss the EU’s approach to hybrid threats in its neighbourhood using the Western Balkans as a case study, in the context of the extensive use of propaganda by Russia and its meddling into several elections and in the aftermath of the 2014 events in Ukraine and the Russian annexation of Crimea. The first speaker, Jean-Jacques Patry, presented the concept of hybrid threat at various levels and the EU approach and measures to tackle it, particularly in the Western Balkans. The second speaker, Nicolas Mazzucchi, delivered a presentation on Russia’s declining influence in the Western Balkans (on behalf of Isabelle Facon, who authored the briefing but could not attend the workshop) and added some of his own analysis on energy and cyber issues. The presentations were followed by a debate with members of the Security and Defence Committee of the European Parliament.