updated: 22 Oct 2014

SECRETARIAT

The 1 Feb 2006 marked the commencement of the Secretariat’s operational activities. The official inauguration of the Secretariat took place on 26 Jun 2006. In Aug 2007, the Agreement between Republic of Austria and the Energy Community regarding the Seat of the Secretariat entered into force. Today the Secretariat is an organisation of 22 permanent staff members from 15 different nationalities. Mr. Janez Kopac acts as the Director of the Secretariat since 1 Dec 2012.

 

Prior to the Energy Community Secretariat in the context of the Treaty, an interim Energy Community Secretariat was established as a non-profit association under Austrian law on 1 Apr 2005. Working on project basis, the association derived its financing from European Commission CARDS Programme. Its activities were regulated on the ground of a Grant Contract between Austrian Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour and the European Commission.
 

TASKS BY THE TREATY
WORK PROGRAMMES

 

 

 Role - Title V Chapter V of the Treaty establishing the Energy Community
 Headquarter Agreement between the Energy Community and Republic of Austria


 



Tasks by the Treaty

The Treaty institutionalised the Secretariat as a permanent body with the seat in Vienna, Austria. With reference to Title V Chapter V, it is the Secretariat’s responsibility to:

  1. provide administrative support to the Ministerial Council, the Permanent High Level Group, the Regulatory Board and the Fora;
  2. review the proper implementation by the Parties of their obligations under this Treaty, and submit yearly progress reports to the Ministerial Council;
  3. review and assist in the coordination by the European Commission of the donors’ activity, and provide administrative support to the donors;
  4. carry out other tasks conferred on it under this Treaty or by a Procedural Act of the Ministerial Council, excluding the power to take Measures; and
  5. adopt Procedural Acts.

In the performance of their duties the Director and the staff must be impartially and not seek or receive instructions from any party of the Treaty. 
 

Administrative Support

Pursuant to Article 67 par. 1, the Secretariat assists the preparation of all institutional meetings within the process of Energy Community. The Secretariat also organises numerous conferences and workshops on policy issues that relate to the acquis. These include social issues, energy efficiency, environment, oil, statistics and competition. Annually more than 40 events are being registered into the Energy Community event calendar.

In addition to logistical support, the Secretariat prepares and drafts the key meeting documents.

 

Reviewing the implementation

Report: With reference to Article 67 par. 2, it is the Secretariat's task to review the proper implementation by the Contracting Parties of their obligations under the Treaty. Based on its assessment, the Secretariat submits an annual implementation report to the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community.

The Secretariat also drafts special reports monitoring the process at regional level.

 

Missions: Upon inivitation, the Secretariat conducts policy issue specific country missions to the Contracting Parties. In order to boost the implementation, the Secretariat started to conclude Implementation Partnerships with some of the Parties in 2011. It is also the Secretariat's task to provide regular updates to the PHLG about the implementation process.

 

Cases:  Under the dispute settlement mechanism, the Secretariat, upon complaint or on its own motion, may initiate a case of non-compliance of the Energy Community law by a Party. Under such circumstances, the Secretariat issues an Opening Letter to be followed, as the case may be, by a Reasoned Opinion and Reasoned Request to the Ministerial Council.

 
 



 

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Work Programmes

The Energy Community Secretariat prepares its Work Programme for a period of two years. It reflects the resources allocated in the organisation's budget. The Work Programme outlines the key activities foreseen for each area of work, including some cross cutting activities. The Secretariat is expected to prepare the next Work Programme 2014-2015 for the approval of the Ministerial Council in Oct 2013.
 

Energy Community Work Pogrammes Published on File Type
Energy Community Work Programme 2014-2015 24 Oct 2013
Energy Community Work Programme 2012-2013 07 Oct 2011
Information on the Implementation of the Work Programme of the Energy Community for 2010 and Key Activities in the 1st Half of 2011 29 Mar 2011
Information on the implementation of the Work Programme of the Energy Community for 2010 and key activities in the first half of 2011 14 Mar 2011
Annual Report on the Activities of the Energy Community to the European Parliament and the National Parliaments 2010 24 Sep 2010
Information on the Implementation of the Work Programme of the Energy Community for the period 1st January – 30th June 2010 24 Sep 2010
Report on the Implementation of the Work Programme of the Energy Community 2008 - 2009 18 Dec 2009
Energy Community Work Programme 2010 – 2011 26 Jun 2009
Implementation of the Work Programme for the first half of 2009 26 Jun 2009
Information on the Implementation of the Work Programme of the Energy Community for 2008 11 Dec 2008
Energy Commmunity Work Programme 2008 - 2009 18 Dec 2007
Energy Community Work Programme 2008 - 2009 (table format) 18 Dec 2007
Information on the Implementation of the Work Programme of the Energy Community for the Period 1st Jan - 1st Jul 2008 17 Dec 2007
Energy Community Work Programme 2006 - 2007 17 Oct 2006

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