Taking place in Ljubljana today, the 13th Energy Community Gas Forum discussed the future of natural gas in the European energy mix as well as pathways to make the internal gas market deliver the highest possible social benefit to consumers. The main implications of the Clean Energy Package for the Energy Community Contracting Parties were outlined.
On 18 September 2018, EU4Energy launched a technical assistance project to support Ukraine with its obligations under the environmental dimension of the Energy Community Treaty. In cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Energy Community Secretariat will assist the development of draft legislation in the field of industrial emissions, as set out by Directive 2010/75/EU.
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on the European Union’s own experience of enhancing connections between its Member States, with and in other regions.
Yesterday, Deputy Director Dirk Buschle and Senior Environmental Expert Peter Vajda participated in the inaugural meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Use and Protection of the Dniester River Basin in Chisinau, Moldova. The Secretariat’s focus in working with the Commission will be on environmental issues related to the operation of existing as well as the construction of new hydropower plants on the Dniester river, and to help ensuring compliance with the acquis communautaire in this respect.
On Monday, a delegation of the Energy Community Secretariat, headed by Director Kopač, met with the newly appointed Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Kobulia, and his team to discuss the ongoing pace of energy reforms in Georgia. The key focus of the discussions was the state of the draft laws on energy, renewables, energy efficiency and energy performance of building, co-designed with the Secretariat.
On 28 June 2018, Commission President Juncker together with the Heads of State and Government of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland signed a Political Roadmap for the synchronisation of the Baltic States’ electricity grid with the continental European system.
Representatives of the Energy Community Secretariat and the association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators, Med-TSO, reflected on possible opportunities for tightening cooperation between the countries of the Energy Community and the Mediterranean region at a meeting held at the Secretariat’s premises in Wien, last Thursday 13 September. “Having common members, common infrastructure and the common target of creating a well-connected regional electricity market does not only give us a basis but calls on us to closely cooperate”, Director Kopač underlined.
Over two years since the Government of Ukraine initiated the unbundling of Naftogaz (by Resolution No 496 of 1 July 2016) the process has still not made any notable progress in real terms.
Today at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Bloomberg Philanthropies founder Michael R. Bloomberg and European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete pledged to join efforts to manage the global transition away from coal.
A draft amendment to the ETS Auctioning Regulation listing Germany’s next opt-out auction platform has been published today on the Better Regulation Portal starting a four-week stakeholder feedback period. The draft amendment also establishes arrangements for monetising a first batch of 50 million allowances, to enable a timely start of the Innovation Fund in 2020.
The briefing is for the ENVI Committee delegation to the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, which will take place in San Francisco from the 12th until the 14th of September. The Summit will enable a range of different stakeholders (i.e. state and local governments, business and citizens) to publicize the climate actions currently being implemented ‘on the ground’ to help inspire further efforts to support and build upon the commitments pledged in the Paris Agreement.