updated: 30 Oct 2014

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29 Oct 2014 Joint workshop to focus on investment challenges in the 8th Region

Eurelectric, in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat, will host a one day workshop on 19 November in Brussels focussed on addressing the investment challenges and identifying the key enablers and instruments needed for successful investment in the 8th energy region of South East Europe. The event will offer the floor to representatives and experts from industry, governments, financial institutions, as well as experts from EU and concerned countries. Prof Jerzy Buzek, Chair of the European Parliament’s Energy Committee and High Level Reflection Group of the Energy Community will give introductory remarks.

27 Oct 2014 Progress in the normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo* - KOSTT begins negotiations with ENTSO-E

The transmission system operators KOSTT of Kosovo* and EMS of Serbia achieved a major milestone in the process of normalising relations. A meeting between high-level representatives of both system operators, the European Network for Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the Energy Community Secretariat on 23 October in Brussels marked the official beginning of negotiations between KOSTT and ENTSO-E about KOSTT’s future assumption of responsibilities stemming from the independent operation of a part of the synchronously connected transmission network. The agreement will cover, amongst other things, issues related to congestion management, pan-European Inter-TSO Compensation (ITC), and the application of European standards for the operation of the transmission grid.

24 Oct 2014 EU leaders express support for further strengthening the Energy Community

At the European Council Summit on 23-24 October in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to “further strengthen the Energy Community which aims to expand the EU's energy acquis to enlargement and neighbourhood countries, in the light of the EU's security of supply concerns”. They also called for the implementation of critical projects of common interest in the gas sector, including the Southern Corridor, to ensure diversification of energy suppliers and routes and ensure market functioning. In the summit conclusions, they also endorsed an EU Presidency report, which calls for the further strengthening of cooperation with EU's neighbouring countries on building an integrated energy market in order to enhance Europe’s collective energy security, notably by enhancing the Energy Community.

23 Oct 2014 Secretariat to cooperate with International Energy Forum on capacity building in the area of statistics

Director Kopač and Energy Community Secretariat experts met with Mr. Fuad Al-Zayer, Coordinator for Energy Data Transparency – Joint Organisation Data Initiative (JODI) of the International Energy Forum (IEF) Secretariat on 22 October.

20 Oct 2014 Secretariat delivers Third Energy Package-compliant draft gas law to Bosnia and Herzegovina

As called for by the Ministerial Council, the Energy Community Secretariat submitted today a Third Energy Package-compliant draft gas law to the relevant authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. "If adopted, the law would bring Bosnia and Herzegovina’s legal framework in the gas sector in compliance with the Third Energy Package and thus bring to an end the existing dispute settlement case," explained Director Kopač. "The lack of an appropriate legal framework constitutes a very serious obstacle to the development of the gas sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina and harms energy consumers. This draft law could be immediately taken by the country’s Minister and the national discussion on the adoption of proper legislation could proceed. The Secretariat is ready to assist Bosnia and Herzegovina in this endeavor. The only possible solution to be compliant with the Third Energy Package for Bosnia and Herzegovina is to have one state energy regulator and this institution can be given competences only by a law. Because some politicians are insisting on the non-existence of a state level institution, the Secretariat sent this draft law only after the recent elections in order not to fuel populist discussions in the run-up up to election day. "