updated: 25 Oct 2014

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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. Agreeing on the benefits of joint cooperation, they decided to work together to achieve the participation of all Energy Community Contracting Parties in the JODI gas and oil statistics databases. To do so, they agreed to cooperate to support the capacity building of relevant institutions in the Contracting Parties in the area of energy statistics, beginning with a jointly organized JODI Regional Training Workshop for Energy Community Contracting Parties in 2015.

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. "

16 Oct 2014 European Commission publishes gas stress test results for the Energy Community

Today the European Commission published its report analysing the resilience of the European gas system to a potential crisis in the coming months. The Energy Community Contracting Parties fully participated in this exercise. A separate analysis was also published focusing on the findings in the Energy Community, which was prepared in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat.

15 Oct 2014 Environmental Task Force discusses emissions trading and large combustion plants

At the 8th Environmental Task Force meeting on 15 October, members of the Task Force, together with civil society and industry representatives, discussed the list of environmental acquis proposed by the report of the High Level Reflection Group “An Energy Community for the Future”. Given the specific complexity of the EU’s Emissions Trading Directive (2003/87/EC), which is one of the proposals, a specific session was dedicated to it at the meeting.