The Electricity Integration Package

On 15 December 2022, the Energy Community Ministerial Council adopted Decision 2022/03/MC-EnC on the incorporation of the European Union’s electricity market acquis in the Energy Community together with Procedural Act 2022/01/MC-EnC on fostering regional energy market integration in the Energy Community. As a result, the Contracting Parties obliged themselves to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the new provisions by 31 December 2023.

The adopted electricity integration package enables full market integration of Energy Community Contracting Parties into the single European market for electricity, based on the principle of reciprocity. Encompassing nine acts, the package aims at making the markets fit to deliver on cost-efficient clean energy transition while ensuring secure and affordable electricity supply to the citizens. 

Below you can find an overall roadmap of the electricity integration package for the next three years, followed by specific roadmaps on each legal act highlighting the most important provisions and related deadlines.

Electricity integration package roadmap

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Explaining the Electricity Package

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Implementation steps

The Energy Community Secretariat supports the Contracting Parties on their path towards the full transposition and implementation of the package. It is also the Secretariat's task to monitor and report about the achievements.
 

  • CACM Regulation: List of NEMOs

    List of NEMOs in the Energy Community

    CACM Regulation requires the Contracting Parties to ensure that one or more ‘nominated electricity market operator’ (NEMOs) are designated to perform the single day-ahead and/or intraday coupling by 15 June 2023, for which purpose, domestic and non-domestic market operators may be invited to apply to be designated as a NEMO.

    If at the time of entry into force of CACM Regulation, namely on 15 December 2022, the national law expressly provided that no more than one entity within the Contracting Party can carry out day-ahead and intraday trading services, Contracting Parties must have notified the Secretariat by 15 February 2023. Only in case of timely notification, the Contracting Parties may refuse the designation of more than one NEMO per bidding zone.

    The first list reflecting information notified by the Contracting Parties was published on 19 April 2023. It is subject to regular updates.

    Day-ahead trading service (status: 5 February 2024)

    DISCLAIMER: This list reflects information notified by the Contracting Parties and is not to be understood as a compliance assessment performed by the Secretariat. 

     

    Competitive status1,2 (legal monopoly or
    competitive) 

    EnCS notification
    date1,2 
    (due 15.02. 2023)

    NEMO(s)3
    (due 15.06. 2023)

    Operate as
    (designated or
    passporting)
    Operating 
    (YES / NO)
    Designating
    authority
    Acquis compliance (transposition) 
    Albania     ALPEX designated
    17.07.2023
    YES ERE (Energy Regulatory Authority) partial
    Bosnia and
    Herzegovina
                 
    Georgia              
    Kosovo*     ALPEX designated
    17.07.2023
    YES ERO (Energy Regulatory Office) partial
    North
    Macedonia
    legal monopoly 16.06.2023 MEMO designated 09.09.2020  YES Government partial
    Moldova legal monopoly 23.05.2023          
    Montenegro legal monopoly 21.06.2023          
    Serbia legal monopoly 27.06.2023 SEEPEX designated
    16.06.2022
    YES Government partial
    Ukraine legal monopoly  08.03.2023          

    Intraday trading service (status: 5 February 2024)

    DISCLAIMER: This list reflects information notified by the Contracting Parties and is not to be understood as a compliance assessment performed by the Secretariat. 

      Competitive status1,2 (legal monopoly or competitive) EnCS notification
    date1,2 (due 15.02. 2023)

    NEMO(s)3
    (due 15.06. 2023)

    Operate as
    (designated or
    passporting)
    Operating 
    (YES / NO)
    Designating
    authority
    acquis compliance (transposition status)
    Albania     ALPEX designated 17.07.2023 NO ERE (Energy Regulatory Authority) partial
    Bosnia and
    Herzegovina
                 
    Georgia              
    Kosovo*     ALPEX designated 17.07.2023 NO ERO (Energy Regulatory Office) partial
    North
    Macedonia
    legal monopoly 16.06.2023 MEMO designated 09.09.2020  NO Government partial
    Moldova legal monopoly 23.05.2023          
    Montenegro legal monopoly 21.06.2023          
    Serbia legal monopoly 27.06.2023 SEEPEX designated
    16.06.2022
    YES Government partial
    Ukraine legal monopoly  08.03.2023          

     (1) If a national legal monopoly for day-ahead and intraday trading services which excludes the designation of more than one NEMO already exists in a Contracting Party or Contracting Party’s bidding zone at the time of the entry into force of this Regulation, the Contracting Party concerned must notify the Energy Community Secretariat within two months after entry into force of this regulation and may refuse the designation of more than one NEMO per bidding zone. (source: Article 5(1) CACM)
    (2) For the purposes of this regulation, a national legal monopoly is deemed to exist where national law expressly provides that no more than one entity within a Contracting Party or Contracting Party’s bidding zone can carry out day-ahead and intraday trading services. (source: Article 5(2) CACM)
    (3) Each Contracting Party electrically connected to a bidding zone in another Contracting Party or Member State shall ensure that one or more NEMOs are designated by six months after the entry into force of this Regulation to perform the single day-ahead and/or intraday coupling. For that purpose, domestic and non-domestic market operators may be invited to apply to be designated as a NEMO. (source: Article 4(1) CACM)

  • Electricity Regulation: 70% target readiness

    Electricity interconnection capacities and a minimum level of cross-zonal capacity

    Electricity Regulation (EU) 2019/943 sets out new rules on bidding zones and cross-zonal capacity allocation and reinforces the role of the market in providing price signals for investment. These rules oblige the Contracting Party transmission system operators (TSOs) to make available a minimum level of cross-zonal capacity, considering operational security limits. This target, better known as the 70% target, aims at facilitating the implementation of a fully integrated and well-functioning European electricity market by enabling increased cross-zonal trade and exchange of electricity.

    Study on 70% target readiness 

    The Secretariat conducted a study to support the Contracting Parties and relevant stakeholders in the preparation and process of the 70% target fulfilment. Published in November 2023, the study assesses the current levels of cross-zonal capacities in the Western Balkan 6 Contracting Parties, does a forecast and concludes that the levels are very low and unlikely to fulfil the required 70% target. Furthermore, the study indicates that there are several possible structural congestions. It is stressed that all parties need to increase efforts and start to prepare actions, as by the end of the year the legal provisions will start to apply and Contracting Parties will, under current conditions, not be able to fulfil their obligations.

    Recommendations and next steps

    • ACTION PLANS INSTEAD DEROGATION: it is recommended that Contracting Parties prepare and adopt action plans to address shortcomings and opt for full compliance with the target by 31 December 2027 rather than derogations, which should not be used to address structural problems. 
    • IMPROVEMENT ON CAPACITY CALCULATION NEEDED: it is highlighted that improving regional cooperation by the operationalization of capacity calculation regions and coordinated capacity calculation methodology, moving from existing bilateral NTC to coordinated NTC, or even to a flow-based approach, would increase available capacity as the system is already well connected.
    • OTHER ACTIONS AND CONCLUSIONS:
      • Remedial actions such as redispatching and countertrading, topology changes or active power flow control should be considered to improve system security.
      • More efficient usage of existing and construction of justified new overhead lines would enable TSOs to get closer to the 70% target;
      • Half of the congestions found under given conditions are internal which indicates that there is no need to build new interconnectors but rather to improve the existing infrastructure.
      • Reinforcement of the existing 220 kV network or other relevant existing and new technologies (smart metering systems, dynamic thermal rating, etc.) could also be carefully considered.