Today, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to the Republic of Serbia in Case ECS-13/17. The Secretariat takes the preliminary view that by the continuous failure to ensure unrestricted non-discriminatory third party access to the Horgoš interconnection point on the border between Serbia and Hungary, the Republic of Serbia fails to comply with the obligations under the Energy Community acquis for ensuring non-discriminatory third party access to the natural gas transmission system.
On 2 July, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated an ex officio preliminary dispute settlement procedure against Kosovo* for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants.
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 96 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
On 6 May, 24 suspects have been arrested in Spain by the Spanish National Police and the Guardia Civil in an international operation involving Spain and France and supported by Europol. The organised crime group was specialised in using counterfeiting fuel and credit/debit cards to avoid paying toll fees and in selling these cards to truck drivers and hauling companies.
The European Commission has fined Elna, Hitachi Chemical, Holy Stone, Matsuo, NEC Tokin, Nichicon, Nippon Chemi-Con, Rubycon € 253 935 000. Together with the immunity applicant, Sanyo, they operated a cartel for the supply of aluminium and tantalum electrolytic capacitors between 1998 and 2012.
Following its meeting on 14 December 2017 in Pristina, the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community decided by written procedure on three dispute settlement cases for breach of the Energy Community Treaty by its Contracting Parties.
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.
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 130 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
The Energy Community Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre conducted the first mediation as part of the Energy Community dispute settlement procedure. The dispute arose out of an alleged incompliance with Energy Community law of two environmental permits of two thermal power plants in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (TPP Banovići and TPP Tuzla). The mediation session, facilitated by Ms Anne-Karin Grill of Schönherr Attorneys at Law, took place on 27 July in Vienna.
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 122 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
In addition, today, the Commission decided to send a number of letters of formal notices.
By decision of 24 January 2007,1 the Commission imposed fines totalling €750.71 million on 20 European and Japanese companies2 for their participation in a cartel on the market for gas insulated switchgear (GIS) between 1988 and 2004. The undertakings which participated in the cartel concluded an agreement with a view to coordinating their commercial activity worldwide and developed a quota system aimed at determining the market shares which each group could share among its members. According to the Commission, the cartel participants also concluded an unwritten understanding to reserve the European market to European undertakings and the Japanese market to Japanese undertakings.