Oil

Implementation indicators

  • Stockholding obligation

    Monitoring compliance and reporting including the lay down the rules on penalties

    The suppliers are obliged to guarantee the quality of petroleum-derived liquid fuels placed on the market. The quality is verified by laboratory tests as set out in the annual quality monitoring programme. There are detailed penalty measures specified in the current legislation. In case the fuels do not meet the technical requirements after testing, they must be withdrawn from the market.     

  • Emergency procedures

    Emergency procedures

    Kosovo* is currently lacking legislation concerning the release of emergency oil stocks.

  • Fuel specifications of petrol, diesel and gas oil for NRMM

    Fuel specifications of petrol, diesel and gas oil for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM)

    With the 2017 Administrative Instruction on the quality of petroleum-derived liquid fuels, Kosovo* has transposed the main requirements of the Fuel Quality Directive. This Instruction applies to petrol and diesel in accordance with European standards. The sulphur content of gas oil for NMRR is not specified and leaves room for misinterpretation.

  • Monitoring compliance and reporting

    Monitoring compliance and reporting including the lay down the rules on penalties

    In Kosovo*, the new draft Law on Compulsory Oil Stockholding foresees that compulsory oil stocks must be available and physically accessible at all times. All necessary measures to prevent all obstacles and encumbrances that could hamper the availability of compulsory oil stocks must be undertaken. In addition, the new draft Law states that compulsory oil stocks shall not be subject to any retention of pledge, mortgage, enforcement or seizure.

State of compliance

There was no progress during the reporting period. The Oil Market Law of 2005, as amended in 2009, fails to meet the requirements of the Oil Stocks Directive. Back in 2014, the Ministry of Trade and Industry finalized a compliant draft Law which was expected to be adopted in the fourth quarter of 2016 or first quarter of 2017. Despite the Secretariat’s backing of the draft Law, the Government has not approved it so far.

Kosovo* has transposed the main provisions of the Fuel Quality Directive. Certain diesel specifications (manganese maximum limit, cetane number, oxidation stability and distillation) should be improved by amending the 2017 Administrative Instruction. Sulphur content in gas oil for non-road mobile machinery (NMRR) should also be specified.