State of compliance
The Protocol concerning the Accession of Georgia to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community sets a tight deadline - 31 December 2017 - for the implementation of Regulation (EC) 1099/2008 and Directive 2008/92/EC, which was repealed in the meantime by Regulation (EU) 2016/1952.
Following the accession to the Treaty, Georgia was admitted to the EUROSTAT data transmission system and the officials from GeoStat have joined the Energy Statistics Working Group of EUROSTAT.
GeoStat has achieved significant progress over the last few years in bringing its practices closer to what is required by the acquis on statistics.
Regulation (EC) 1099/2008
Regulation (EC) 1099/2008 on Energy Statistics
For the purposes of preparation of an annual energy balance, GeoStat uses administrative data, expert assessments and the data collected by comprehensive surveys. Two types of surveys are conducted: the energy sector survey and the final consumption survey. Surveys in the energy sector cover energy producers, suppliers, distributors and traders of energy (coal, natural gas, electricity, renewable energy, oil and oil products). The final consumption survey covers all institutional sectors, households and public administration.
The energy balance produced by GeoStat is in compliance with Annex B of Regulation (EC) 1099/2008 and five questionnaires were transmitted to and published by EUROSTAT.
In addition, GeoStat conducted a survey of final energy use by the residential sector (i.e. space heating, space cooling, water heating, cooking, lighting and electrical appliances and other end-uses), with technical assistance provided by the Secretariat. The final results of the survey were published in November 2017.The results were integrated in the annual data collections including the necessary revision of data series and disaggregated data on final energy consumption in households reported to EUROSTAT in the defined questionnaire.
As to the monthly statistics, Georgia collects and disseminates monthly JODI gas and oil data, as well as production, export and import and supply of electricity. Along with improving the completeness of these collections, Georgia has to transmit the data to EUROSTAT in order to achieve full compliance with Annex C and D of Regulation (EC) 1099/2008.
Geostat introduced quality assurance procedures and prepares quality reports for different domains. The report on quality of transmitted energy data, however, has not been submitted to EUROSTAT yet as required under the Regulation.
The overall accomplishments as regards implementation of Regulation 1099/2008 and amendments thereof are notable, but additional efforts are needed to achieve full compliance with the acquis.
Regulation (EU) 2016/1952
Regulation (EU) 2016/1952 on European statistics on natural gas and electricity prices
In September 2018, GeoStat took a decisive step towards the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2016/1952 with the dissemination of the first dataset with electricity and gas prices charged to households and industrial consumers in the first semester 2018, broken down per consumption band and taxation level.
This information shall be transmitted to and published by EUROSTAT in accordance with the foreseen procedure. The deadline for submission of data for period January- June 2018 to EUROSTAT is 30 September 2018.