Infrastructure

State of compliance

By a Ministerial Council Decision, Albania transposed partially Regulation (EU) 347/2013. A number of outstanding actions remain to be taken and, hence, Albania does not fully comply with all provisions defined by the Regulation. The national competent authority should become operational and start reporting on the projects to the Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECI) Groups and Energy Community Secretariat as soon as possible. Also, the national competent authority or the Contracting Party shall publish a manual of procedures for the permit granting process applicable for PECIs without delay.
 

  • National Competent Authority

    National competent authority

    In November 2018, the Council of Ministers approved a Decision on the adoption of practices for promoting joint regional infrastructure investments in the energy sector, which transposed Regulation (EU) 347/2013. According to the Regulation the national competent authority for facilitating and coordinating the process of permit granting for the promotion of such investments is the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy.

    The national competent authority should start reporting on the projects to the Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECI) Groups and Energy Community Secretariat as soon as possible. In addition, it should prepare and publish the manual of procedures as defined by Regulation (EU) 347/2013 without delay.

  • Manual of procedures

    Manual of procedures

    The procedures for permit granting are determined by the Government’s Territorial Development Regulation and the Law on Planning and Development. In Albania, there are different procedures for permit granting depending on the type of energy infrastructure investment (refinery, gas infrastructure, power plants and electricity networks). Nevertheless, no manual of procedures was issued by the national competent authority despite the 31 December 2017 deadline set by Regulation (EU) 347/2013. This represents a breach of Regulation (EU) 347/2013.

  • Set of indicators and corresponding reference values

    Set of indicators and corresponding reference values

    According to Article 11.2 of Regulation (EU) 347/2013, the national regulatory authorities of the Energy Community Contracting Parties cooperating in the framework of the Regulatory Board (ECRB) shall establish and make publicly available by 30 June 2018 for comparable projects of the infrastructure categories included in Annex I.1 and 2 of Regulation (EU) 347/2013.

    In order to assist the Contracting Parties, the Secretariat coordinated the data collection and prepared the required report containing the set of indicators and corresponding reference values for the comparison of unit investment costs in the Energy Community. Albania’s national regulatory authority published the report on its website.

  • Methodology and the criteria used to evaluate investment with the higher risks

    Methodology and the criteria used to evaluate investment with the higher risks

    According to Article 13.6 of Regulation (EU) 347/2013, each national regulatory authority shall publish its methodology and the criteria used to evaluate investments in electricity and gas infrastructure projects and the higher risks incurred by them by 31 December 2017. The Albanian national regulatory authority does not comply with Article 13.6 of Regulation (EU) 347/2013 and shall, as soon as possible, publish its methodology and evaluation criteria.