Moldovan Government adopts key energy acts in the fields of renewables, energy efficiency and gas
The Moldovan Government adopted key energy acts on 4 December, including the National Renewable Energy Action Plan to 2020; two Regulations, namely on providing energy services and solid biofuels; draft amendments to the Natural Gas Law 123/2009; and a draft law on energy labelling. The amendments to the Natural Gas Law and the draft law on energy labelling must still be approved by the Moldovan Parliament to enter into force.
Serbia’s EMS and Kosovo’s* KOSTT to sign agreement on transmission system operation
Under the auspices of the Energy Community Secretariat, the electricity transmission system operators of Serbia (EMS) and Kosovo* (KOSTT) are scheduled to sign a historical framework agreement on cooperation in transmission system operation in Vienna on 10 December 2013. The signature of the agreement is a follow-up on the “Agreements on Energy” between the governments of Kosovo* and Serbia reached in September this year in Brussels.
Energy Community Secretariat publishes new study on the need for modernization of large combustion plants in the region
Today the Secretariat published a study assessing the costs and potential benefits of modernizing large combustion plants in the Contracting Parties with a view to complying with the Energy Community environmental acquis. According to the study, the monetised benefits would outweigh the costs of compliance with the environmental acquisseventeen times on average in the Energy Community region. This means that for every euro spent, there would be a seventeen euro return in terms of environmental and health benefits.
ERC and GAMA settle dispute in the gas sector in Macedonia
During a meeting between the Energy Community Secretariat, the Macedonian energy regulatory authority, ERC, and the gas transmission system operator, GAMA, yesterday , a long-running dispute between ERC and GAMA was settled in Skopje.
GAMA had complained to the Secretariat about the lack of cost-reflectivity of gas transmission tariffs (Case ECS-3/12).
Director visits Skopje to discuss implementation of the Energy Community acquis communautaire with key decision-makers
During a two day visit to Skopje, Energy Community Director, Janez Kopač, met with key decision-makers, including Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Fatmir Besimi, Vice Prime Minister, Vladimir Pesevski, Minister for Economy in charge of energy issues, Valon Saraqini and Members of Parliament. Key issues discussed were the Secretariat’s 2013 Annual Implementation Report, preparations for the implementation of the Third Energy Package and the country’s strategy paper in relation to eligibility for EU funding under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) for 2014-2020.