State of compliance

Albania did not transpose Regulation (EU) 347/2013 by the required deadline of 31 December 2016. The country also failed to appoint a national competent authority as required under Article 8(1) of the Regulation by 30 June 2017. It thus breaches the Energy Community infrastructure acquis. For this reason, on 22 June 2018, the Secretariat submitted a Reasoned Request  to the Ministerial Council against Albania.

  • National Competent Authority

    National competent authority

    The Territory Development Agency is the national competent authority for facilitation and coordination of all permit granting in Albania. On a project basis, the Ministry of Energy and Industry is in charge of construction permitting for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. However, the powers of the two competent authorities are not fully in line with Regulation (EU) 347/2013. In order to be fully aligned with the Regulation as adapted and adopted by Ministerial Council Decision 2015/09 MC, Albania needs to transpose the Regulation into its national legislation as soon as possible and designate a national competent authority with the proper competencies, as defined by the Regulation. Up till now, the Secretariat has received no information from the Albanian authorities regarding the progress on transposing the Regulation.

  • 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 as defined by Regulation (EU) 347/2013 was issued at the time of publication of this Implementation Report.

  • 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 cooperating in the framework of the Regulatory Board shall establish and make publicly available, by 30 June 2018, for comparable projects of the infrastructure categories included in Annex I(1) and (2).

    In order to assist all Contracting Parties, the Secretariat coordinated the data collection in order to prepare a set of indicators and corresponding reference values for the comparison of unit investment costs in the Energy Community. This is still work in progress.

  • 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), 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.