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3 February 2023

Iceland joins the countries supporting Ukraine via the Ukraine Energy Support Fund

The Energy Community Secretariat, in its roles as the fiduciary of the Ukraine Energy Support Fund, is pleased to announce the signing of a fiduciary agreement between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and the Energy Community Secretariat. With its signature, Iceland grants EUR 1.5 million to the benefit of Ukrainian energy companies and its citizens exposed to the impact of the Russian war.

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3 February 2023

The Secretariat supports the establishment of a national electricity balancing market in Georgia

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2 February 2023

Director Lorkowski and Deputy Prime Minister Balluku discuss Albanian Presidency

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The Secretariat releases its
2022 Implementation Report
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Published 7 December 2022

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  • Clean energy package targets adopted

    Clean Energy Package and 2030 targets

    The 2022 Energy Community Ministerial Council adopted 2030 energy and climate targets to reduce primary and final energy consumption, accelerate the uptake of renewables and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The Ministers agreed to national renewables targets that amount to an overall Energy Community target of 31.0% of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption by 2030. To boost energy efficiency and energy savings, they agreed to cap the amount of primary energy consumption at 129.88 Mtoe and the amount of final energy consumption at 79.06 Mtoe at the level of the Energy Community. They also agreed to cap the total greenhouse gas emissions for the Energy Community at 427.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2030, which represents a decrease of 60.9% below 1990 levels.

    A year earlier, the ministers adopted five key legislative acts stemming from the EU’s Clean energy for all Europeans package: 

    • The new Renewables Directive 2018/2001 introduces new rules on support schemes, which shall be granted in an open, transparent, competitive, non-discriminatory and cost effective manner, and measures to tackle administrative barriers. It strengthens the existing sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids, including an indicative target for increasing the use of renewables in heating and cooling sector. It empowers consumers, introducing the concept of renewable self-consumption and energy communities.
    • Amending Directive 2012/27/EU, the new acquis on energy efficiency sets stronger measures for buildings renovation and savings in end-use sectors. It also introduces rules on metering and billing of thermal energy, especially with respect to multi-apartment and multi-purpose buildings. Contracting Parties will be required to renovate each year at least 3% of the total floor area of buildings over 250 m2 owned and occupied by the central government. Under the energy savings obligation, Contracting Parties will be required to achieve new annual energy savings of at least 0.8% in end-use sectors such as buildings, industry and transport.
    • The Governance Regulation 2018/1999 sets common rules for planning, reporting and monitoring on energy and climate policies and targets. In particular, the Contracting Parties will be required to submit National Energy and Climate Plans.
    • The implementation of Electricity Directive 2019/944 and Risk Preparedness Regulation puts in place a new flexible and market-based electricity market design to facilitate the integration of a greater share of renewables. It will also offer opportunities for consumers to participate in the market through generating electricity for either their own consumption, storing it, sharing it, consuming it or to selling it back to the market.
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  • Just transition Initiative

    Just transition Initiative

    In order to be considered “just” and “inclusive”, energy transition processes need to ensure fairness via equal distribution, full recognition of rights and labour contributions, equal participation in decision-making procedures, and equal capabilities in renewable energy outcomes. This is why it is crucial to conceive a “just energy transition” NOT as a fixed set of rules, but rather as a vision, a process based on dialogue and an agenda for a participatory framework that prioritizes the needs and concerns of local residents, particularly vulnerable stakeholders. 

    The Energy Community Secretariat manages four interlinked projects, which together represent the key dimensions of the Just Transition Initiative. 

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  • EU4ENERGY Governance

    EU4ENERGY Governance

    The EU4Energy Programme Phase II was launched by the European Union, as part of its Regional Action Programme – East. The action builds on the work of the EU4Energy Programme Phase I and the lessons learnt from it. 

    The new phase spans between 2021 and 2024. The objective of EU4Energy Project Phase II is to foster the clean energy transition and decarbonisation in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and to contribute to the post 2020 Eastern Partnership architecture. These countries have already signed Association Agreements, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), with the EU in the energy sector and they have a status of Contracting Parties within the scope of the Energy Community Treaty. The action will provide support through evidence-based energy policy design and through a transposition and implementation of the Energy Community acquis / DCFTA / EU best practice legal framework.

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  • Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre

    Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre

    The Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre provides high-quality services in negotiation and mediation of investor-state disputes and offers negotiation support to national authorities in their negotiations with private parties. The Centre also facilitates the swift closure of dispute settlement cases under the Energy Community Treaty via tailor-made negotiation and mediation facilities.

    A group of experienced negotiators covering a wide-range of expertise supports the work of the Centre. 

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  • Energy Community Regulatory School

    Energy Community Regulatory School

    The Energy Community Regulatory School aims at supporting the technical knowledge of national energy regulatory authorities to effectively implement and efficiently apply the acquis  – such as but not limited to gas and electricity network codes and guidelines or REMIT as well as resulting increasingly developing market activities.

    Beyond the mere legal aspects, the Energy Community Regulatory School is dedicated to deliver practical insights and share experience made on EU level. Praxis oriented, interactive and in-depth discussions will be in the core of the training courses tailor made for the Contracting Parties’ regulators.

    The Secretariat began with the Energy Community Regulatory School training in late 2017. The training is an ongoing activity. 

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Ukraine Ukraine  on 29 December 2022

The President of Ukraine signed the Gas Storage Certification Law - an important preparatory step for full implementation of Gas Storage Regulation.

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Kosovo* Kosovo*  on 16 December 2022

Kosovo* National Assembly adopted the Law on Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Moldova Moldova  on 22 November 2022

Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development submits its 2021 Security of Supply Statement to the Secretariat.

Serbia Serbia  on 3 November 2022

Ministry of Mining and Energy adopts a rulebook on buildings rehabilitation, transposing some provisions of Energy Efficiency Directive (EU) 2018/2002. 

Georgia Georgia  on 2 November 2022

Georgia submits the Secretariat its 2022 Security of Supply Statement for Natural Gas.

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Moldova Moldova  on 4 October 2022

Parliament of the Republic of Moldova adopts the Law on Industrial Emissions.

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