In agreeing to establish the Energy Community, the Contracting Parties took on a legally binding obligation:
1. to implement the relevant acquis communautaire,
2. to set up regulatory structures, and,
3. to liberalise their energy markets.
This implies the implementation of core EU energy policy acquis, consisting of roughly 25 legal acts in the areas of electricity, gas, security of supply, oil, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environment, competition and statistics. The deadlines for transposition and implementation are determined in the respective acquis or by a Ministerial Council Decision.
As the only permanent institution, the Energy Community Secretariat supports the process. Its tasks are threefold. It assists the Contracting Parties to fulfill their Treaty obligations. It is also the Secretariat's task to monitor and enforce the Treaty's implementation.
This section describes the work of the Energy Community towards full Treaty implementation. Sector by sector, the Obligations-subsection presents the acquis in place and spells out the most pressing policy issues. The Implementation-subsection builds on the Secretariat's latest Implementation Report and displays the state of compliance and priorities Party by Party. The Instruments-subsection features the key policy instruments set in place to support the Parties in fulfilling their acquis obligations. The last subsection, Enforcement, outlines the dispute settlement procedure and provides information on pending infringement cases.