Infrastructure

Implementation indicators

  • National Competent Authority

    National Competent Authority

    The legislative framework defines the national competent authority as an inter-ministerial working group on strategic energy projects. This working group has not reported any progress on PECI/PMI projects to the Secretariat to date.

  • Manual of procedures

    Manual of procedures

    Currently, there is no manual of procedures published by the national competent authority for the permitting process of Projects of Energy Community Interest or Projects of Mutual Interest.

  • National regulatory authority involvement

    National regulatory authority involvement

    The national regulatory authority drafted, but not yet adopted and published the methodology and criteria to be used to evaluate investment in electricity and gas projects and the higher risks incurred by them.

State of compliance

In February 2019, the Government of Serbia adopted the Decision on the establishment of a working group for strategic energy projects consisting of representatives of six Ministries (in charge of energy; planning and construction of buildings; agriculture; environmental protection; finance; and economy), the Energy Agency and project promoters. The national competent authority should start reporting on the projects to the PECI Groups and the Secretariat, as part of its obligations.

A unified procedure for the permit granting process already exists and is applied for all infrastructure projects by the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure. There are defined deadlines to obtain all relevant documents from the other permit granting entities. The unified procedure is fully web based. However, it cannot be considered as the manual of procedures as defined by Regulation (EU) 347/2013 because it does not follow the structure defined in the Annex VI of the Regulation.

The national regulatory authority must adopt and publish the methodology and criteria to be used to evaluate investment in electricity and gas projects and the higher risks incurred by them without delay.

Full adoption of the Regulation may facilitate faster realisation of the electricity and gas infrastructure projects in Serbia like the Transbalkan corridor (PECI 2016, 2018, suggested 2020), gas interconnectors Bulgaria – Serbia and Serbia – North Macedonia (suggested PECI 2020), as well as the Serbia – Croatia gas interconnector; Phase I (suggested PMI 2020).