updated: 16 Sep 2014

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16 Sep 2014 Electricity transmission system operators of Serbia and Kosovo* sign Inter-TSO Agreement

The transmission system operators KOSTT of Kosovo* and EMS of Serbia yesterday signed a so-called Inter-TSO Agreement on network and system operation management. The Agreement, negotiated under the auspices of the Secretariat and with the support of the European Commission, brings to an end a controversy between the two operators on their bilateral relations dating back to the beginning of this century. The Inter-TSO Agreement and its technical annexes implement the operational part of the Framework Agreement signed by both parties in Vienna earlier this year.

15 Sep 2014 Secretariat offers 6 month internship in event management and Energy Community Regulatory Board Section

Each year the Energy Community Secretariat offers a limited number of internships for young university graduates who wish to acquire an understanding of the Energy Community’s work or gain experience in the field of their studies. The successful candidate will gain firsthand experience in Energy Community activities related to event management and overall administration as well as in the general work of the Energy Community Regulatory Board Section of the Secretariat. The internship is envisaged for a period of 6 months, from 3 November 2014 until 30 April 2015.

09 Sep 2014 Parliamentarians call for establishment of an Energy Community Parliamentary Assembly

Meeting at a conference in Budva on 6-7 September, Parliamentarians called for the establishment of an Energy Community Parliamentary Assembly, which would bring together Members of Parliament of the Energy Community Contracting Parties and Members of the European Parliament. The conference also concluded that Parliaments play a limited oversight of energy policies and there is a need for greater engagement of parliaments in the Western Balkans on this issue. Moreover, the Members of Parliament noted the delay in the implementation of Energy Community legislation and the need for continued cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat in monitoring its implementation.

08 Sep 2014 Secretariat proceeds with dispute settlement case against Macedonia for its failure to comply with electricity market congestion management guidelines

Today the Energy Community Secretariat submitted a Reasoned Opinion in Case ECS-4/11 against Macedonia, for its failure to comply with obligations under the Energy Community Treaty to adopt electricity market congestion management guidelines. While all Energy Community Contracting Parties in the “8th Region” have taken steps forward, Macedonia is the only country that has failed to make any tangible progress. The application of congestion management guidelines and in particular the coordination with neighbouring transmission system operators in capacity calculation and allocation is key to the proper development of a competitive electricity market in the Energy Community.

08 Sep 2014 Secretariat seeks consultants to conduct two studies in renewable energy and statistics

Today the Energy Community Secretariat launched two new tenders. It seeks consultants to carry out two studies in the areas of renewable energy and statistics. For renewable energy, the assessment will evaluate the viability and consistency of the 2020 RES targets (as stated in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans) with the national legislative measures transposing the Renewable Energy Directive. The consultant is also to examine the Energy Community Contracting Parties’ progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy in 2012 - 2013. The statistical tender is a continuation of last year's technical assistance. The consultant is to assist selected Contracting Parties in conducting an energy consumption survey.