Secretariat questions compliance of local content requirements in Ukraine with Energy Community rules
The Energy Community Secretariat today sent an Opening Letter in Case ECS-7/13 against Ukraine concerning the so-called local content clause in the Electricity Law of Ukraine. Under this clause, eligibility for feed-in tariffs for investments in renewable energy depends on the fulfilment of minimum shares of goods and works of Ukrainian origin (local content). In the Opening Letter, the Secretariat takes the preliminary view that this clause violates Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, as well as Article 7 of the Treaty prohibiting discriminatory treatment.
Energy Community Oil Forum: Progress in transposing EU Oil Stocks Directive varies substantially across Contracting Parties
The 6th Energy Community Oil Forum brought together high-level representatives from governments, oil companies and investors on 30 September in Belgrade. The focus of the Forum was the law on maintaining minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products (Directive 2009/119/EC) adopted by the Ministerial Council in October 2012. The Contracting Parties are now under a legally binding obligation to establish emergency oil stocks by 1 January 2023 at the latest.
Director presents 2014 Implementation Report at Ukrainian Parliament Hearing
The day after the Energy Community Ministerial Council in Kyiv, Director Kopač presented Ukraine’s state of implementation of the Energy Community Treaty based on the Secretariat’s 2014 Annual Implementation Report, released on 18 September. At the hearing chaired by Mykola Martynenko, the Chairman of the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety, Director Kopač addressed an audience of members of parliament, government officials and representatives of civil society. The outcome of the hearing will feed into the Committee’s recommendations to the Cabinet of Ministers. This presentation kicks off the Director’s visits to the Parliaments of Energy Community Contracting Parties to present their countries’ state of compliance.
12th Energy Community Ministerial Council: Ministers assess gas stress test results, set direction of future reforms
Convening for the first time under the Ukrainian Presidency, the Energy Community Ministerial Council took place today in Kyiv, Ukraine. The meeting focused on reforming the Energy Community, especially in the light of the challenges to energy security in Europe. The meeting was opened with a ceremonial speech by the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. “Together with everyone who is a member of the Energy Community we will create new, transparent and market based rules, resulting in energy independence, energy security and energy efficiency for our people. Ukraine will abide by the Energy Community rules and ensure uninterrupted transit of gas through its territory,” said Prime Minister Yatsenyuk. His speech was followed by statements of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Guenther Oettinger, Deputy Minister for Economic Development on behalf of the EU Presidency, Mr Claudio De Vincenti, and Ukrainian Energy Minister, Mr Yuriy Prodan.
Regulators pinpoint risk for market integration arising from unharmonized application of legislation at interconnections between Energy Community and EU
At the ECRB meeting on 17 September, Energy Community energy regulators made a strong plea for ensuring equal treatment of gas and electricity interconnectors between Contracting Parties (CPs) and EU Member States (MSs) with those within the EU or Energy Community (EnC).