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Fatih Birol outlines IEA’s post-covid recovery vision to the Vienna Energy Club

on 30 November 2020

Today, Mr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), delivered a keynote speech titled the “Post-covid Recovery and Clean Energy Transition” to the Vienna Energy Club.

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Release of Naftogaz’s gas key for continuation of gas market reforms in Ukraine

Gas
on 26 November 2020

Ukraine has achieved significant milestones towards gas market liberalization and the development of a stable gas hub in the last years. However, certain elements remain that hinder full market liberalization and competition and even threaten to reverse the progress achieved.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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State aid authority of Kosovo* renders first decision regarding incompliant State support to renewables

on 26 November 2020

On 24 November 2020, the State Aid Commission of Kosovo* rendered its first-ever decision concerning State aid in the energy sectors. It found that an administratively set feed-in-tariff for 20 MW of photovoltaic projects does not comply with the State aid acquis because it has not been notified to the competent State aid authority before it was granted and it is not in line with the Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy.

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
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Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina takes further steps towards phasing out feed-in tariffs for small hydro

on 25 November 2020

The Secretariat welcomes the steps taken by the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina towards implementing the ban of the construction of small hydropower plants requested earlier this year by the Federation’s Parliament. The announcement of terminating subsidies by feed-in tariffs to small hydropower is in line with the Secretariat’s recently adopted Policy Guidelines on the development of small hydropower projects. 

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Renewable Energy Coordination Group explores new areas of cooperation

Renewable energy
on 25 November 2020

Today’s Renewable Energy Coordination Group meeting gathered around 40 participants to discuss progress in the field of renewable energy and set the Group’s priorities for the next two years.  The Contracting Parties continue working on setting 2030 renewables targets through preparation of the National Energy Climate Plans (NECPs) and reforming their support schemes in order to introduce market-based auctions.

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Companies Naftogaz, Moldovagaz and GAMA join ambitious methane reporting framework

on 24 November 2020

In November 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat launched an initiative to raise awareness of the importance of methane reporting and measurement to support the Contracting Parties in the transition to a decarbonized energy future and started to collect this data with the support of 27 gas and oil companies based in the Contracting Parties.

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Secretariat issues Recommendations on Macedonian draft National Energy and Climate Plan, the first one ever provided by an Energy Community Contracting Party

on 24 November 2020

To attain their long-term energy and climate policy objectives and promote transparency and investor certainty, the Energy Community Contracting Parties committed to adopting integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The plans have to address all five dimensions of the Energy Union (energy efficiency, renewables, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, interconnections and research and innovation) as foreseen by the Governance Regulation, and streamline administrative and reporting procedures.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Annual Implementation Report 2020: Energy reforms move ahead despite Covid-19

on 23 November 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report, released today, reveals that the Energy Community Contracting Parties have made progress in market-oriented and sustainable energy reforms despite the Covid-19 crisis. The average implementation score increased from 48% to 53%. While Montenegro still remains the front-runner, Ukraine jumped ahead of North Macedonia and Serbia, where progress has plateaued, to claim second place. In the middle of the ranking, Kosovo* and Albania have both made progress, while reform in Moldova was modest. At the bottom of the ranking are Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country with the most infringement cases, and Georgia, the newest member of the Energy Community, which despite its low ranking was one of the biggest movers during this reporting period. 

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Group of Observers publishes report on Moldova’s 2020 procurement of electricity

Electricity
on 18 November 2020

The 2020 electricity procurement process in Moldova showed no improvements compared to previous years. Suspended for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the procurement procedure resulted again in JSC Energocom winning all five parallel tenders (organised by the transmission system operator, the two distribution system operators and the two suppliers of universal service and suppliers of last resort).

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Second “Eternal Summer” webinar to focus on decarbonized transport

on 17 November 2020

The Secretariat is delighted to announce the second session of the Energy Community Summer School’s Webinar Series. Mr Adam Enok, Materials Scientist MSc and Energy Community Summer School Alumni, will hold a lecture on the future of decarbonized transport on 1 December.

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Vienna Forum on European Energy Law moves to a virtual platform for 2020

on 13 November 2020

The 8th Vienna Forum on European Energy Law, a joint initiative of the Secretariat and the Florence School of Regulation, moves to a virtual platform this year. The Forum is centred around four webinars, spaced one week apart, focusing on the most pertinent issues in bridging the gap in the energy debate between the EU and Energy Community. The solidarity principle, European climate law, carbon pricing and the role of the private sector in the energy transition will be put in the spotlight.

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Secretariat continues procedure against Bosnia and Herzegovina for non-unbundling of distribution system operators

on 12 November 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat launched the next step in the dispute settlement procedure against Bosnia and Herzegovina opened in January 2018 for the lack of effective unbundling of electricity distribution system operators (DSOs), by way of a Reasoned Opinion. Bosnia and Herzegovina has not remedied the concerns raised in the Secretariat’s Opening Letter regarding the failure to correctly transpose the requirements for unbundling of electricity DSOs into national legislation, and to take measures to effectively implement their legal and functional unbundling. 

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Secretariat welcomes Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans

on 11 November 2020

The Secretariat intensively participated in the drafting of the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, and welcomes the text as adopted at the EU-Western Balkans summit yesterday.

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  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
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Energy Community Regulatory School explores new role of regulators under the Clean Energy Package

on 6 November 2020

Today’s Energy Community Regulatory gathering was dedicated to the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package. The session, organized by the Secretariat, focused on the new role of regulatory authorities and active consumers in the energy markets. The participants, consisting of regulatory authority representatives from all Contracting Parties focused on the new legal requirements and implementation experiences gathered during the processes leading to clean and customer-centered electricity markets in the European Union.

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EU4Energy delivers reform package to implement Oil Stocks Directive in Ukraine

on 6 November 2020

On 5 November, EU4Energy Governance finalized the technical assistance project aimed at assisting Ukraine in the implementation of Oil Stocks Directive 2009/119/EC. The project deliverables will enable the establishment of oil reserves and strengthen the security of energy supply.

From June to November 2020, Energy Community Secretariat experts worked in close collaboration with policymakers of the Verkhovna Rada, the State Reserve Agency and the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine to develop the secondary legislation needed to implement oil stock holding reform. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat kicks off first Energy Derivatives Coordination Group virtual meeting

on 5 November 2020

The Secretariat is delighted to announce the establishment of the Energy Derivatives Coordination Group (EDCG).

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Advisory Committee postpones public hearing on case ECS-10/18 against Bosnia and Herzegovina

on 4 November 2020

The public hearing on case ECS-10/18 against Bosnia and Herzegovina according to Article 32(4) of the Dispute Settlement Rules, which was scheduled to take place on 6 November, has been postponed. The hearing will now be held on 7 December 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CET as a remote video conference.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Energy Community De-Carbon Day weighs carbon pricing options

on 29 October 2020

The Energy Community De-Carbon Day explored options for the decarbonisation of the energy sector in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The virtual workshop, which took place on 28 October, provided insights into the latest research on carbon pricing in order to stimulate more informed policy-making and provided a platform for discussion between experts and representatives of governments, authorities, companies, NGOs and civil society in the Energy Community Contracting Parties and the EU. The workshop was addressed by Yvon Slingenberg, Director in the European Commission’s DG CLIMA.

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New Pan-European energy retail and consumer protection report highlights key trends across the Energy Community Contracting Parties

on 28 October 2020

The Energy Retail and Consumer Protection Volume of the Annual Monitoring Report 2019 was presented today at a joint webinar organized by the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). While the report analyses electricity and gas retail prices in the Energy Community Contracting Parties already for the fourth consecutive year, this is the first time that retail markets and consumer protection aspects, such as billing, market structure, switching and vulnerable customers, were put into the spotlight. The report is based on data provided by the Contracting Parties’ national regulatory authorities and, for energy prices, the EUROSTAT database.

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Secretariat intervenes in discussion related to gas network code on Romania-Ukraine border

Gas
on 23 October 2020

In a letter sent to the Romanian regulatory authority today, the Secretariat warns that the draft amendments to the gas transmission network code published for public consultation by the Romanian regulator could result is a situation whereby the allocation of capacity on the border with Ukraine would not be performed in line with the Network Code on Capacity Allocation Mechanisms.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Romania Romania
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Bringing energy and transport together

on 22 October 2020

The energy and transport sectors share similar characteristics and challenges. Both are the building blocks of the economy, require costly infrastructure and need a harmonized regional approach to work in a smart and efficient way. Both are also major sources of emissions. Exploring the synergies between energy and transport in order to deliver greener and more sustainable solutions more efficiently was the aim of the first joint workshop between the Energy Community Secretariat and the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat on 21 October 2020.

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Advisory Committee to continue public hearing under Energy Community Dispute Settlement Rules

on 21 October 2020

The Advisory Committee of the Energy Community will continue its public hearing on case ECS-10/18 against Bosnia and Herzegovina according to Article 32(4) of the Dispute Settlement Rules. The hearing was adjourned on 9 October 2020 and will be continued on 6 November 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CET as a remote video conference.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Energy Community prepares to tackle gas sector methane emissions

Gas
on 14 October 2020

Today, the European Commission published the EU Methane Strategy to establish a harmonised framework to reduce methane emissions in the gas upstream, midstream, downstream as well as the coal sector and abandoned sites. The strategy envisages the establishment of an international methane emissions mechanism to compile, verify and publish global methane emissions data based on the United Nations Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) reporting framework. Following the Secretariat’s initiative, basic reporting is already being applied by the Contracting Parties’ gas industry. Since November 2019, the Secretariat is collecting methane emissions data, in cooperation with EU gas industry organizations GIE and Marcogaz.

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New initiative dedicated to supporting coal regions in transition in Western Balkans and Ukraine launched

on 12 October 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat is delighted to announce the launch of a new platform to support coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine. The Platform Initiative will support coal regions in transition through knowledge exchange, peer-to-peer learning visits, technical assistance, access to a global learning academy for coal regions and financial assistance for transition projects.

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  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Energy and Climate Technical Working Group addresses research, innovation and energy poverty in the development of National Energy and Climate Plans

on 9 October 2020

The 5th meeting of the Energy and Climate Technical Working Group drew together more than 50 participants in a virtual meeting hosted by the Secretariat on 8 October to discuss the Contracting Parties’ progress in the preparation of integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). North Macedonia, as the first Contracting Party to do so, has submitted its draft NECP to the Secretariat, which will issue its recommendations to the draft plan as foreseen by the Ministerial Council before its final submission. Albania and Georgia announced that draft chapters of their national plans have also been submitted to the Secretariat for guidance, while Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Ukraine are still in the process of drafting and aim to submit their plans soon.

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Serbian gas transmission operator signs interconnection agreements with adjacent operators of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary 

Gas
on 6 October 2020

On 30 September, Transportgas Srbija ltd., an emerging gas transmission system operator in Serbia, signed Interconnection Agreements for the relevant Interconnection points with the adjacent transport systems operators, FGSZ (Hungary) and Gas Promet JSC (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Serbia Serbia
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Transmission system operators of Albania and Kosovo sign agreements to establish joint power exchange

Electricity
on 5 October 2020

The transmission system operators OST of Albania and KOSTT of Kosovo* signed today the Shareholders' Agreement and Articles of Association for the establishment of the power exchange company that will operate the short term electricity markets in Albania and in Kosovo*. The power exchange operator, called ALPEX, will have its main seat in Tirana and will operate the day-ahead market coupling between Albania and Kosovo* soon after its operationalisation. ALPEX is expected to extend its services to the intraday market segment in the future. 

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  • Albania Albania
  • Kosovo Kosovo
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First significant step towards a transparent and competitive electricity market in Moldova

on 5 October 2020

Moldova has adopted new wholesale electricity market rules in line with the Energy Community electricity acquis. The rules define procedures for the procurement of electricity on forward, day-ahead, intraday and balancing markets and rules on ancillary services procurement and imbalance settlement.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Energy Community Gas Forum welcomes reform efforts, shares vision of gas in a decarbonized energy system

Gas
on 2 October 2020

The 15th Energy Community Gas Forum hailed the recent progress achieved by the Contracting Parties in the implementation of the gas acquis, especially the accelerated pace of gas market reforms in Ukraine. The Forum, which took place virtually on 30 September and 1 October, urged the Contracting Parties to finalise certification of their transmission system operators as a precondition for efficient market functioning and make their gas markets fit for the transition to a decarbonized economy.

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Secretariat issues Opinion on the unbundling of the gas system operator Gas Promet

Gas
on 2 October 2020

Today the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the unbundling of the gas transmission system operator Gas Promet in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Opinion requests several conditions to be implemented for the company to be certified.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Secretariat supports Albania’s decision to stop hydropower construction on the Vjosa river

on 30 September 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat supports the announcement made by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to cancel plans for the construction of hydropower plants on the Vjosa river. The announcement came two weeks after the Secretariat opened a dispute settlement case addressing its concerns with regard to the environmental impact assessment of the HPP Poçem project, a dam on the Vjosa river. The Vjosa River is one of the last unregulated rivers in Europe. The announcement followed the rejection of a construction permit for the HPP Poçem.

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  • Albania Albania
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Energy Community Secretariat launches Heating and Cooling Network

on 29 September 2020

The Secretariat is delighted to announce the launch of its online Heating and Cooling Network, which aims to support the deployment of more renewables and waste heat in the district heating networks of the Contracting Parties. The Network will facilitate exchanges of good practice and information sharing on modern technologies, policies and support programmes among technical experts and policy-makers as well as inform the public at large about the benefits of renewables and waste heat in district heating networks.

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Secretariat’s Policy Guidelines aim to bring to life renewables self-consumption in the Energy Community 

on 28 September 2020

Today, the Secretariat published its final Policy Guidelines on the integration of renewables self-consumers into the energy networks. The Guidelines follow the latest legal requirements stemming from the EU’s Clean Energy Package, soon to be adopted in the Energy Community. Their purpose is to provide advice to policy-makers in the Contracting Parties on the development of national legal and regulatory frameworks conducive to renewables self-consumption and empowering final customers to actively participate in the self-consumption of renewable energy.

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Electricity market integration between Ukraine and Moldova tops agenda of EU4Enegy High-Level Policy Talks

on 25 September 2020

Yesterday’s High-Level Policy Talks under the EU4Energy Governance project were dedicated to electricity market integration between Ukraine and Moldova and the progress achieved in electricity market reforms. 

The discussions focused on the latest state of play of national market reforms in Moldova, which are needed to ensure a smooth transition to a system where the transmission system operator plays the role of central party for balancing energy and imbalance settlement. Cooperation on cross-border exchanges and balancing is important for the optimal use of balancing resources and this is an area to be explored further in the context of future market integration.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Energy Community gas markets punch below their weight concludes wholesale market monitoring report

on 23 September 2020

The Gas Wholesale Market Volume of the Annual Monitoring Report 2019 was released today by the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). For the fourth time in a row, the report covers gas market developments in the Energy Community Contracting Parties based on data provided by the Contracting Parties’ national regulatory authorities.

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Secretariat launches “Eternal Summer” webinar series

on 23 September 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretariat was forced to postpone the Energy Community Summer School 2020. To continue its knowledge sharing activities, the Secretariat is delighted to announce the launch of the “Eternal Summer” webinar series. In the course of this series, representatives of the faculty, alumni and other friends of the Summer School will share their particular insights and experience and invite you for a discussion in the spirit of the Summer School.

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EU4Energy High-Level Policy Talk tackles implementation of the Law on Energy and Water Supply in Georgia

on 23 September 2020

On 23 September, EU4Energy Governance hosted online a high-level policy discussion and technical meeting to take stock of the current status and to facilitate the implementation of the Law on Energy and Water Supply and related legal acts and market reforms. The event participants heard interventions from Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development David Tvalabeishvili, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopač, representatives of the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, the Georgian Gas Transportation Company and the Georgian Energy Exchange.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Advisory Committee to hold public hearing under Energy Community Dispute Settlement Rules

on 18 September 2020

The Advisory Committee of the Energy Community will hold a public hearing on case ECS-10/18 against Bosnia and Herzegovina according to Article 32(4) of the Dispute Settlement Rules. The hearing will take place on 9 October 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CEST as a remote video conference.

 

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b 18.09.2020

Secretariat issues Policy Guidelines on development of small hydropower projects

on 17 September 2020

Today, the Secretariat published its final Policy Guidelines on small hydropower projects in the Energy Community. The document outlines guidance on the requirements to be met by small hydropower projects in relation to the Energy Community acquis in order to avoid or at least minimize their negative impacts on the environment. The Policy Guidelines also aim to respond to the growing public opposition and complaints to the Energy Community Secretariat.

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Call for tender on energy poverty study launched

on 17 September 2020

The Secretariat seeks consultants on conducting a study on energy poverty in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The objective of the study is to assess the number of households in energy poverty in the Energy Community Contracting Parties and propose policies and measures for addressing it.

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2020 Energy Community Oil Forum: Trends and challenges during turbulent times

Oil
on 16 September 2020

The 12th Energy Community Oil Forum focused on the key trends and challenges facing the oil sector. Opening the Forum, the Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia, H.E. Aleksandar Antic, highlighted the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the oil industry and outlined Serbia’s progress in the implementation of the oil acquis. The Forum, which took place virtually on 15 and 16 of September, underlined that the current pandemic served as a reminder of just how vital access to energy is for citizens and business.

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2020 Oil aef65d64a32943a487401f2c5c4e8dbf 16.09.2020

Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Albania for non-compliant environmental impact assessment of HPP Poçem

on 15 September 2020

On 14 September 2020, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Albania in Case ECS-3/19, addressing its concerns with regard to the environmental impact assessment of the HPP Poçem project on the Vjosa river. In particular, the Secretariat preliminarily found that the administrative procedures conducted for the project were not in line with the provisions of Directive 2011/92/EU, with particular regard to the Directive’s requirements on the content of the environmental report and its public participation provisions.

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  • Albania Albania
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North Macedonia becomes first Contracting Party to designate market operator in line with EU CACM Regulation

Electricity
on 14 September 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat welcomes a recent decision of the Government of North Macedonia to designate the Macedonian Electricity Market Operator - MEMO Ltd as an operator of the organized electricity market in North Macedonia. By this decision MEMO became the first market operator in the Energy Community to be designated in line with the requirements of the EU Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management (CACM) Regulation. This will support the implementation of market coupling project between North Macedonia and Bulgaria initiated under the auspices of the Secretariat and envisaged to be launched in Q3 2021.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
2020 North Macedonia 5675f969c37b4b459f7eca2b43d2b2bf Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 14.09.2020

Secretariat submits Reasoned Request to Ministerial Council against Moldova for not transposing emissions control legislation

on 9 September 2020

On 3 September 2020, a Reasoned Request in Case ECS-7/18 was submitted to the Ministerial Council for a decision under Article 91 of the Energy Community Treaty. The case concerns the lack of transposition of the provisions of Directive 2001/80/EC on large combustion plants and those of Chapter III and Annex V of Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions by Moldova.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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EU4Energy High-Level Policy Talk tackles clean energy development in Ukraine

on 8 September 2020

On 8 September, EU4Energy Governance hosted online High-Level Policy Talk on Clean Energy Development in Ukraine, organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine. The event focused on the challenges faced in the transposition of three key pieces of energy related environmental law, namely the Large Combustion Plants, Sulphur in Fuels and Fuel Quality Directives.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 08.09.2020

Facilitation of negotiations over gas distribution losses in Moldova successfully concluded

Gas
on 7 August 2020

Facilitation of a dispute over costs associated with losses in gas distribution networks in Moldova was finalised this week within the framework of the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre.

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  • Moldova Moldova
2020 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 07.08.2020

Secretariat signs multilateral memorandum on developing a gas exchange in Ukraine

Gas
on 30 July 2020

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Energy Community Secretariat, the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Commodity Exchange Ukrainian Energy Exchange was signed today. The agreement provides the general framework and conditions for cooperation to support the establishment of a natural gas exchange based on the Commodity Exchange Ukrainian Energy Exchange.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 30.07.2020

Secretariat and EBRD issue joint Policy Guidelines to help countries design effective energy efficiency funding mechanisms

Energy efficiency
on 23 July 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have teamed up to issue joint Policy Guidelines to help Energy Community Contracting Parties to design and establish effective centralized financing mechanisms to boost energy efficiency investments.

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2020 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 23.07.2020

Georgia to receive assistance in developing contractual frameworks to support low-carbon electricity generation

on 22 July 2020

The EU4Energy Governance project undertakes to support Georgia in developing a standard form and template for a Contract for Difference, a market-based mechanism for supporting renewables based electricity generation. Georgia introduced a provision on Contracts for Difference in its recently adopted Renewable Energy Law, however, the necessary contractual framework for its implementation is not yet developed.

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  • Georgia Georgia
2020 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 22.07.2020

Cybersecurity Group strengthens cooperation amid cyber-attack risks posing the highest threat to energy system security

on 20 July 2020

 

On 17 July 2020, as many as 40 participants joined the virtual meeting of the Energy Community Cybersecurity Coordination Group. The overall messages were clear: the Covid-19 pandemic proved that energy system digitalization must be cyber-secure by all means and cyberattacks currently pose the highest risk for energy system security. Enhanced cooperation at the level of the Energy Community could help tackle cybersecurity incidents and threats more effectively.

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Renewable energy investments in Ukraine at a critical junction

Renewable energy
on 17 July 2020

Today the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine decides on Draft Law 3658 implementing the Memorandum of Understanding developed in the mediation process under the Energy Community Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 17.07.2020

Powering the Energy Transition: Secretariat launches Western Balkan 6 Energy Transition Tracker

on 16 July 2020

With the Energy Transition Tracker launched today, the Secretariat starts monitoring the energy transition in the Western Balkans. The first edition sheds light on the WB6 emissions footprint, energy market development, penetration of renewables, energy efficiency measures and progress in the development of integrated national energy and climate plans.

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  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
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EU4Energy to support development of a Natural Gas Emergency Plan for Georgia

on 16 July 2020

On 16 July, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the Georgian Gas Transportation Company kicked off EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing the first Natural Gas Emergency Plan in Georgia.

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  • Georgia Georgia
2020 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 16.07.2020

Tender launched on potential of hydrogen technologies in the Energy Community

on 15 July 2020

The Secretariat is seeking consultants to conduct a study on the potential of hydrogen technologies and their utilization in the Energy Community. The study should provide the state-of-play of hydrogen technologies. Concretely, the study should identify the potential for hydrogen utilization in the Contracting Parties and provide recommendations on how it could be achieved.

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 15.07.2020

Secretariat proposes legal measures to support go-live of electricity market coupling projects between Contracting Parties and EU Member States

Electricity
on 15 July 2020

At yesterday’s virtual meeting, the Secretariat outlined its new concept for a staged implementation of EU Regulation 2015/1222 on electricity capacity allocation and congestion management (CACM Regulation) in the Energy Community to electricity market participants from the EU and Contracting Parties. The interest and active contributions of more than 80 representatives of regulators, electricity network operators, market operators, Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the European Commission underscored the timeliness of the discussions. 

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 15.07.2020

Secretariat launches public consultation on improving fuel quality in the Energy Community

on 8 July 2020

The Fuel Quality Directive aims to ensure a high level of environmental and health protection in relation to fuels used in transport by reducing pollution and emissions from the sector. While its importance for sustainable economic development is clear, the Directive’s core provisions are not yet fully applied in the Energy Community Contracting Parties.

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Secretariat takes steps to introduce Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)

on 30 June 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat is committed to do its utmost to support the Contracting Parties in the transition of their energy sectors to a sustainable path, in line with the environmental and climate acquis adopted by the Ministerial Council.

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Moldova receives MVP platform to monitor energy efficiency measures

on 30 June 2020

On 30 June, EU4Energy Governance finalized the technical assistance project to support Moldovan authorities with the development and adaptation of a web-based Monitoring and Verification Platform (MVP) that will assist in measuring progress towards energy efficiency targets and calculate energy savings.

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  • Moldova Moldova
2020 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 30.06.2020

Secretariat refers Tuzla 7 State aid case to the Ministerial Council

on 29 June 2020

On 26 June 2020, the Secretariat submitted a Reasoned Request to the Ministerial Council for a Decision under Article 91 of the Energy Community Treaty. The case (ECS-10/18) concerns compliance with the Energy Community State aid rules by a decision of the State Aid Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina of 23 July 2018, deciding that a guarantee issued by Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in favour of the Export-Import Bank of China to secure a loan to the public utility Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine does not constitute State aid within the meaning of Article 18(1)(c) of the Treaty.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 29.06.2020

Carbon pricing study proceeds to the next stage

on 26 June 2020

The second workshop under the study on designing a carbon pricing mechanism for the Energy Community took place today.

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 26.06.2020

The resolution of the renewables dispute in Ukraine – an update

Renewable energy
on 25 June 2020

At today’s session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Energy and Utilities Committee will review drafts aimed at implementing the Memorandum of Understanding developed in the mediation process under the Energy Community Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre. The signature of the Memorandum ending the dispute between two main associations of renewable investors and the Ukrainian Government on 10 June 2020 within the mediation process is an important achievement. It is now important to transpose correctly the Memorandum on terms agreed with the investors into a legislative act still before the summer break.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 25.06.2020

Energy Community Sustainability Forum pinpoints ways to reach a decarbonized energy future

on 25 June 2020

Today’s Energy Community Sustainability Forum underlined that it is high time to translate political and legal commitments into concrete actions to drive the decarbonisation of the energy systems. The virtual Forum gathered Ministers and Deputy Ministers responsible for energy, environment and climate change of the Energy Community Contracting Parties, high-level officials of the European Commission, EU Member States and Contracting Parties as well as representatives of academia, civil society and non-governmental organisations.

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Secretariat welcomes Declaration of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Protection of Rivers banning new small hydropower plants

on 24 June 2020

On 23 June, the Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted a Declaration on the Protection of Rivers, as a response to several conflicts with local communities due to low-quality environmental impact assessments for existing small hydropower plants. Furthermore, the Parliament also adopted conclusions calling for a prohibition of the construction of small hydro power plants on the territory of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 24.06.2020

Advisory Committee to hold public hearing under Energy Community Dispute Settlement Rules

on 23 June 2020

The Advisory Committee of the Energy Community will hold a public hearing on case ECS-13/17 against Serbia according to Article 32(4) of the Dispute Settlement Rules. The hearing will take place on 29 June 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CEST as a remote video conference.

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2020 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 23.06.2020

Energy Community Distribution System Operators for Electricity launch position paper on quality of service

Electricity
on 23 June 2020

Today, the Energy Community Distribution System Operators for Electricity (ECDSO-E) launched a position paper on the quality of service. The position paper, focusing on power outages, voltage quality and customer care and services, outlines recommendations to improve electricity quality regulation at the level of the Contracting Parties and their harmonization at the Energy Community level. The paper aims to trigger discussions on these issues with national regulatory authorities and other stakeholders. 

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 23.06.2020

EU4Energy launches project to support smart meter rollout in Moldova

on 23 June 2020

On 23 June, the first stakeholder meeting to support Moldova in the development of a methodology for smart meter rollout took place under the framework of the EU4Energy project. Smart meters measure the exact use of energy by consumers and send the information automatically to the energy supplier. They allow consumers to better manage their energy use, save money and reduce emissions.

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  • Moldova Moldova
2020 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 23.06.2020

25th Energy Community Electricity Forum calls for accelerated energy transition in the Contracting Parties

Electricity
on 18 June 2020

The 25th Energy Community Electricity Forum highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, together with the decrease in the cost of renewables and the general orientation of European and international energy policies, provides an opportunity for an accelerated energy transition towards decarbonisation in the Contracting Parties. This opportunity should not be missed.

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 18.06.2020

Have your say in the public consultation on Policy Guidelines on renewables self-consumers

Renewable energy
on 17 June 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat launched a public consultation on the integration of renewables self-consumers into the energy networks. The Guidelines reflect the latest legal requirements stemming from the EU’s Clean Energy Package, soon to be adopted in the Energy Community. Their purpose it to provide advice to policy-makers in the Contracting Parties on the development of national legal and regulatory frameworks conducive to renewable self-consumption and empowering final customers to actively participate in the self-consumption of renewable energy.

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2020 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 17.06.2020

Visit the Energy Community’s legislative observatory with more than 800 national legal documents

on 12 June 2020

The legislative observatory of national secondary legislation has been updated to cover the latest legislative changes in all Contracting Parties.  The observatory now includes secondary gas and electricity legislation for all eight Contracting Parties that have transposed the Third Energy Package and lists all national bodies involved in the drafting and adoption of the legal acts. For the first time, it also covers climate change. In total, more than 800 secondary legal acts and other national documents have been assessed by the Secretariat.

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Secretariat launches district heating and cooling network

Energy efficiency
on 11 June 2020

Today, the Secretariat hosted a workshop dedicated to district heating. The workshop is the first event under the Secretariat’s new initiative to create a network to support efficient heating in the Energy Community. The network will prepare district heating companies for measures stemming from the EU Clean Energy for all European Package. The meeting gathered 50 stakeholders, including representatives of ministries, district heating companies, donors and international financial institutions to share their knowledge and experience with respect to the different challenges and opportunities linked to district heating system operation.

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2020 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 11.06.2020

Ukraine to receive EU4Energy assistance in developing regulations needed for oil stocks reform

EU4ENERGY
on 9 June 2020

On 9 June, EU4Energy Governance launched a technical assistance project to assist Ukraine in the transposition of the Oil Stocks Directive 2009/119/EU. Over the next few months, representatives of the Verkhovna Rada, the State Reserve Agency and the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine will work with Energy Community Secretariat experts on elaborating the secondary legislation needed for the implementation of the oil stocks reform.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 09.06.2020

Secretariat unveils guidelines on natural gas distribution measurement

Gas
on 8 June 2020

Today, the Secretariat published Policy Guidelines on measurement in the gas distribution network. The Guidelines, based on the relevant Energy Community acquis and best EU Member States practice, outline the legal basis for individual meters and smart metering and best practices with respect to the required unit conversions for measurement of gas delivery at the distribution level. They also cover billing and the customers’ right to access consumption and metering data. 

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2020 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 08.06.2020

Energy Community Advisory Committee amends its Rules of Procedure

on 4 June 2020

The Advisory Committee has amended its Rules of Procedure by introducing a possibility to carry out public hearings as remote video proceedings under exceptional circumstances such as the current pandemic. This will enable parties to a dispute settlement case to present their arguments in front of the Advisory Committee as well as interested members of the public to participate remotely.

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2020 Alerts d5347feb7a7244b4ac6b731c31aaaf47 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 04.06.2020

Gas distribution tariff in Ukraine risks unauthorized offtakes

Gas
on 3 June 2020

A pending decision by the national energy regulator of Ukraine, NEURC, may withdraw an earlier decision to increase the gas distribution tariffs in Ukraine. Without distribution tariffs set at an adequate level, unauthorised offtakes of natural gas will persist, impairing the financial stability of the new transmission system operator and putting gas sector reforms at risk.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 03.06.2020

Dispute Resolution Review launched

on 3 June 2020

Today, the Secretariat launched the first edition of the Energy Community Dispute Resolution Review. The review will share insights into the world of energy disputes and alternative dispute resolution. This issue features our analysis of investor-state dispute settlement post Achmea and the Singapore Convention on Mediation and shares the experience of the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre.

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Conference delivers climate action plan for Moldova

on 29 May 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat participated in a video conference dedicated to presenting a set of recommendations on the harmonization of Moldova’s legislation with key EU climate directives and an action plan to achieve this goal developed by experts contracted by EU4Climate and the Secretariat.

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2020 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 29.05.2020

Compliance matters: Secretariat to make selected legal assessments public

on 28 May 2020

In the course of the year, the Secretariat is frequently asked by different stakeholders of the Contracting Parties for its opinion on compliance of particular provisions of national laws and secondary legal acts with the Energy Community acquis.

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 28.05.2020

Albania’s renewables auction results in competitive prices  

Renewable energy
on 28 May 2020

Albania has successfully completed the renewable energy support auction launched in January 2020 for 140MW, 70MW of which will be supported via an offtake agreement.

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  • Albania Albania
2020 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 28.05.2020

Contracting Parties improve technical, operational and communication standards to facilitate cross-border gas flows

Gas
on 26 May 2020

The Secretariat published today an update of its 2019 report analysing the state of implementation of Regulation (EU) 2015/703 establishing a network code on interoperability and data exchange in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. Compliance in practice has improved. The number of concluded Interconnection Agreements as required by the Regulation significantly increased since the 2019 report. All three of the new agreements were concluded between Ukraine and EU Member States and reach a high level of compliance with the Regulation, especially with respect to measurement principles and data exchange rules.  

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2020 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 26.05.2020

Albania narrows compliance gap in the electricity sector

on 25 May 2020

On 15 May 2020, the Albanian Parliament adopted amendments to the Power Sector Law of 2015. The amendments tackle a number of issues in relation to Albania’s compliance with the electricity acquis.

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  • Albania Albania
2020 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 25.05.2020

Workshop presents key findings of EU climate acquis roadmap for Georgia

on 22 May 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat participated today in a digital workshop focused on presenting the findings and recommendations of an EU climate acquis roadmap it helped to design together with UNDP under an EU4Climate project for Georgia. The roadmap assesses Georgia’s existing climate related policy and legal basis, pinpoints the main challenges and gaps and proposes the way forward.

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2020 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 22.05.2020

Secretariat welcomes Georgian Parliament's adoption of key energy efficiency laws

Energy efficiency
on 21 May 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat welcomes today's adoption of a set of key energy efficiency legal acts by the Parliament of Georgia. The two laws - the Law on Energy Efficiency and the Law on Energy Performance of Buildings - transpose the EU Directives in this field. 

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  • Georgia Georgia
2020 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 21.05.2020

Energy Community Webinar: Energy storage can facilitate the energy transition

on 19 May 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat hosted a virtual webinar to share knowledge on a key component of the future energy system – energy storage. Energy storage solutions can help to address the significant challenges the Contracting Parties are facing in the energy transition. This includes the replacement of fossil fuel plants by enabling a high penetration of energy from renewable sources and helping to decarbonise end-use sectors, such as industry, buildings and transport, while ensuring security of energy supply.

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2020 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 19.05.2020

EU4Energy delivers technical assistance project to support Ukraine in transposition of REMIT Regulation

on 18 May 2020

On 18 May, EU4Energy Governance finalized the technical assistance project to assist Ukraine in the transposition of the REMIT Regulation. Experts worked on drafting amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Introduction of Changes to Certain Legislative Acts on Prevention from Abuse on Wholesale Energy Markets” that yet remains to be adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 18.05.2020

Secretariat publishes scoping study on smart grids for a smarter energy system

on 14 May 2020

The Secretariat’s study published today maps the current situation of smart grids and smart meter penetration in the Energy Community Contracting Parties by listing ongoing and planned projects, based on responses to questionnaires prepared by the Secretariat in consultation with members of the Energy Community Distribution System Operators in Electricity (ECDSO-E) Coordination Group.

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d 14.05.2020

Public consultation on Policy Guidelines on small hydropower plants: We want to hear from you!

Environment
on 13 May 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat is reaching out to stakeholders to provide their views and input into Policy Guidelines on small hydropower plants. The development of small hydropower projects in the Energy Community and its impact for instance on nature and biodiversity, population, human health, soil, water and landscape have been subject to growing public opposition and complaints to the Energy Community Secretariat. The overall purpose of the Policy Guidelines is to steer public authorities and project developers to ensure correct implementation of the acquis communautaire on environment and inform the general public about the legally obliged environmental assessment processes, public participation requirements and recourse possibilities.

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ANRE and Moldovagaz ask the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre to facilitate discussions on costs associated with technical losses in gas distribution

Gas
on 6 May 2020

The determination and recognition of costs associated with technical losses in the gas distribution tariffs has been an unresolved issue in the Moldovan gas sector for almost a decade. To resolve this issue, ANRE, the Moldovan regulator, and Moldovagaz, as holding company of the distribution companies in Moldova, requested the Centre to facilitate discussions on this matter and committed to make their best efforts to find a solution within a short time. Branislava Marsenic Maksimovic, gas expert in the Secretariat, will act as facilitator. All three parties have signed a Memorandum to that effect.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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First virtual interconnection point of gas transmission capacity allocation in the history of the Energy Community established between Ukraine and Hungary

Gas
on 5 May 2020

On 1 May, the Ukrainian and Hungarian gas transmission system operators, LLC and FGSZ, established the first virtual interconnection point “Bereg” on two interconnection points (Beregovo and Beregdaróc) according to the Capacity Allocation Mechanism (CAM) Network Code. This decision marks the first ever virtual interconnection point between a Contracting Party to the Energy Community and an EU Member State. It follows Ukraine’s decision to perform the first allocation of cross-border capacity on the border with Poland at the Polish GSA Platform Operator.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Hungary Hungary
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Secretariat to host first live panel webinar on electricity storage investment

on 4 May 2020

A virtual panel webinar, hosted by the Secretariat, will bring together key actors involved in energy storage investments in the Energy Community on 19 May. Policies to decarbonize the energy sector have led to a continuous increase in renewable power generation technologies, triggering the need for a more intense discussion and action on electricity storage in order to permit greater system flexibility. The four webinar panellists will offer insights into the various aspects of storage from technologies to their range of system services, costs and regulatory treatment. 

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Energy Community Coordination Group assesses impact of COVID-19 on the renewables sector

Renewable energy
on 29 April 2020

Yesterday's Renewable Energy Coordination Group gathered more than 60 participants to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and other global trends on the renewables sector. As in the EU, the crisis has affected timelines for the implementation of ongoing renewables projects and postponed deadlines for bidding procedures (auctions) for new projects in the Energy Community. At present, Serbia is the only Contracting Party to have temporarily postponed the payment of support to privileged renewables producers during the state of emergency. The meeting highlighted that the promotion of renewable energy must be a strong component of recovery plans.

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2020 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 29.04.2020

Impact and response to the COVID-19 crisis in the Energy Community: status of financial liquidity of the electricity sector and subsequent regulatory and financial support measures 

on 28 April 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has a profound impact also on the energy sector. In three reports published today, the Secretariat assesses the current status of financial liquidity of the electricity sector; compiles information about support from International Financial Institutions and commercial banks; and measures taken by energy regulators to address the ongoing issues.

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Energy Community Secretariat joins initiative to combat gas sector methane emissions

Gas
on 23 April 2020

On 22 April 2020, the Energy Community Secretariat joined the Methane Guiding Principles, a global initiative aiming at reducing methane emissions across the natural gas value chain, as a Supporting Organisation.

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2020 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 23.04.2020

KOSTT-EMS energy dispute: Light at the end of the tunnel 

Electricity
on 22 April 2020

After long negotiations facilitated by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), a big step towards resolution of the dispute between the Kosovan transmission system operator KOSTT and the Serbian transmission system operator EMS came on 20 April 2020, when TSOs from Continental Europe voted positively for the draft Connection Agreement with KOSTT. This agreement, once signed and implemented, will end the long-lasting dispute between the two TSOs and give a boost to market integration in the Western Balkans and further with the rest of Europe.

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  • Serbia Serbia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
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Energy Community DSOs committed to keeping lights on during COVID-19 crisis

Electricity
on 21 April 2020

As agreed at the most recent meeting of the Energy Community distribution system operators coordination group, ECDSO-E, the Secretariat published today a summary of the prevention and containment measures DSOs introduced to manage the challenges invoked by the COVID-19 emergency. The document also highlights a number of concerns shared by DSOs at the meeting.

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 21.04.2020

Secretariat congratulates Georgia on moving electricity sector reforms forward during times of crisis

Electricity
on 20 April 2020

Following its adoption of the Third Energy Package compliant Energy Law at the end of last year, Georgia continues to implement electricity by-laws according to the set timetable despite the difficulties associated with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Having established a national energy exchange earlier, the Government of Georgia adopted the Electricity Market Model Concept on 16 April 2020.

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  • Georgia Georgia
2020 Georgia 166565ffa814464ab4486d4d4fb446fc Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 20.04.2020

Energy Community regulators Contact Group helps ensuring stable energy supply during Covid-19 crisis 

on 16 April 2020

Today’s first virtual meeting of a new Energy Community regulatory authorities’ Contact Group was dedicated to measures taken by regulators to balance consumer protection against safeguarding liquidity of energy companies during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Energy Community distribution system operators assess impact and actions taken in response to COVID-19

Electricity
on 15 April 2020

Today’s extraordinary meeting of Energy Community Distribution System Operators for Electricity (ECDSO-E) was dedicated to managing the operation of the electricity distribution networks during the COVID-19 crisis.

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 15.04.2020

North Macedonia extends application deadline in procedure for granting water concession for electricity production from HPP Cebren

Renewable energy
on 14 April 2020

The Government of North Macedonia has extended the deadline for applications in a procedure for granting water concession for construction of a hydropower plant on Crna River, HPP Cebren, until 5 June 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation. The tender documentation is available via this link.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Stay connected and informed: Secretariat offers new live energy webinar series

on 10 April 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat is pleased to launch a series of free educational webinars to take place on a weekly basis. Starting Thursday, 16 April 2020, the online talks will feature the Secretariat’s energy experts offering insights into contemporary energy issues, followed by a Q&A session.  The webinars will be recorded and subsequently published on the Energy Community website.

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Secretariat receives 155 applications for Energy Community Summer School

on 9 April 2020

The Secretariat has received 155 applications for the 2020 Energy Community Summer School to take place from 22 to 29 of August. Out of the total number of applicants, 138 graduate students and young professionals from 32 countries are eligible to take part. Seventy-eight eligible applications were received from Contracting Parties, 43 from EU Member States, seven from Observers and ten from other countries.

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Dispute about Restructuring Support Mechanism for Renewable Energy Projects in Ukraine: Statement by the Mediator

Renewable energy
on 8 April 2020

Yesterday, the two renewable energy associations party to the dispute about changes to the support scheme in Ukraine submitted an updated proposal to the Government for the solution of the dispute. The negotiations under the auspices of the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Center aim at agreeing on a stabilization package, an amicable solution for the liquidity crisis threatening the offtaker of renewable energy in Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 08.04.2020

Secretariat launches e-forum for gas distribution system experts

Gas
on 8 April 2020

Since 2016, the Energy Community Coordination Platform for distribution system operators for gas (ECDSO-G) convenes twice per year.  Following requests for more regular communication and to deepen the level of discussion during 2019, the Secretariat launched today a web-based interactive discussion forum. Its purpose is to facilitate discussion, experience sharing, exchange of views and kick-start new initiatives among experts interested in distribution system operation. 

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2020 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 08.04.2020

Funding opportunities for smart economic regeneration post COVID-19 crisis

on 7 April 2020

As part of its COVID-19 crisis response, the Secretariat has committed to sharing information and raising awareness about existing or emerging funding opportunities for the benefit of Contracting Parties and their stakeholders. As a first step in this endeavour, the Secretariat has compiled information on regional programmes offering energy efficiency and small renewable financing opportunities.

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Concerns about exclusive contracts concluded by the incumbent power generator in Albania remedied

on 6 April 2020

Electricity market players have approached the Secretariat regarding the existence of exclusive contracts concluded between the incumbent Albanian power generator, KESH and two traders. Based on these contracts, KESH engaged in peak/off-peak arbitrage. The contracts allowed the traders to off-take electricity from KESH during peak times (where the value of electricity is high) and return it to KESH during the off-peak times (where the value of electricity is low). This quantity-neutral exchange of qualitatively different products, in the absence of financial settlement to account for the difference in value, could have resulted in a significant value transfer from KESH to the traders.

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  • Albania Albania
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Group of Observers takes note of temporary suspension of electricity procurement process in Moldova

Electricity
on 2 April 2020

Following a decision by the Emergency Committee in Moldova on 24 March 2020, the ongoing electricity procurement process has been temporarily suspended for three months due to the COVID-19 crisis. The state-owned trader Energocom unilaterally entered into a contract with MGRES (ЗАО «Молдавская ГРЭС), a gas-fired power plant in the Trans-Dniester region.

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  • Moldova Moldova
2020 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 02.04.2020

COVID-19 crisis: The Energy Community’s response

on 1 April 2020

As the impacts of the coronavirus on the energy sector unfold, the Secretariat has made all its resources available to support the Energy Community Contracting Parties in the management of the crisis and the future recovery process. As set out in a communication to the Energy Community Ministerial Council, the Secretariat will exhaust all regulatory and financial flexibilities available under the acquis communautaire and provide support swiftly and non-bureaucratically. In the communication, the Secretariat defines a first set of priority actions. 

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Secretariat publishes detailed information on Ukraine’s large combustion plants under opt-out regime

Environment
on 31 March 2020

Article 4(4) of the Large Combustion Plants Directive provides an implementation alternative for plants reaching the end of their lifetime. According to this regime (called limited lifetime derogation or opt-out), combustion plants can remain operational either until a certain number of operational hours or a given end date, whichever comes first. In exchange, they are exempted from compliance with the emission limit values of the Directive in this transitional period.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 31.03.2020

Have your say! Secretariat launches public consultation on candidate infrastructure projects under Regulation on trans-European energy infrastructure

on 30 March 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat launched today a public consultation, in line with the requirements of Regulation (EU) 347/2013, on the eligible candidate projects submitted by promotors for the Project of Energy Community Interest (PECI) or the Project of Mutual Interest (PMI) status. In line with the Regulation, the projects fall under the following categories: electricity, natural gas and oil transmission infrastructure.

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Ministerial Council finds that Kosovo* has not transposed the Large Combustion Plants and the Industrial Emissions Directives

Environment
on 27 March 2020

Following up on its meeting on 13 December 2019 in Chisinau, the Ministerial Council of the Energy Community decided by written procedure on a dispute settlement case concerning Kosovo*. The case addresses the failure by Kosovo* to transpose the Large Combustion Plants and the Industrial Emissions Directives related to reducing the emission of certain pollutants into the air.

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
2020 Kosovo f6dcd05b5df048c7a64efb4d1087b145 Environment 3856930a5e0d41d6a4d505b5cc18a9b4 27.03.2020

Stakeholder workshop explores carbon pricing design options for the Energy Community

on 26 March 2020

The first workshop in the context of stakeholder consultations on the study on carbon pricing design for the Energy Community took place on 26 March 2020. More than 80 participants, including representatives of the European Commission, national ministries, energy companies, regulatory authorities as well as NGOs and other stakeholders from all Contracting Parties, received an overview of existing carbon pricing schemes in the Contracting Parties as well as the EU Emissions Trading System and other non-EU schemes. The operation of an emission trading scheme and a carbon tax was explained in depth as well as the pros and cons of each system. 

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2020 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 Climate 6a037ca264744b2db61ed2dee7072ad4 26.03.2020

EU4Energy supports development of rules for the operation of supplier of last resort for gas consumers in Georgia

on 26 March 2020

On 25 and 26 March, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and the Georgian National Energy Regulatory Commission (GNERC) launched EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at developing rules and regulations for the appointment and operation of a supplier of last resort in the natural gas market of Georgia.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Director Kopač congratulates Albania and North Macedonia on EU accession negotiations opening

on 25 March 2020

On 24 March, Albania and North Macedonia reached political agreement with the European Union to open accession negotiations. “I wholeheartedly congratulate Albania and North Macedonia for reaching this critical step in the EU accession process. The Energy Community Secretariat will continue to stand behind all its members and support them on their energy sector reform paths. Over the fifteen years of its existence, the Energy Community has proven to be an indispensable tool for energy sector integration in the wider European space. It is our ambition that all Contracting Parties stand on an equal footing in a pan-European energy market,” stated Mr. Janez Kopač, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat.

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  • Albania Albania
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Energy and Climate Committee welcomes leading Contracting Parties’ progress on upgrading pledges under global Paris Agreement as well as integrated National Energy and Climate Plans

on 25 March 2020

Today, the 5th Energy and Climate Committee meeting drew together more than 70 participants to discuss the Contracting Parties’ progress on the preparation of revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC2), ahead of COP26, and integrated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The European Commission also announced that a call for tender for a study aimed at extending the modelling capacities of the EU to the Contracting Parties for calculating 2030 overall targets was launched today, 25 March 2020, and will remain open until 20 May 2020. It also emphasized the link between NECPs and the Green Deal, focusing in particular on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans.

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Ukraine to be first Contracting Party to implement Gas Capacity Allocation Network Code

Gas
on 24 March 2020

Last week, the Ukrainian gas transmission system operator LLC “Gas TSO of Ukraine” agreed with the Polish GSA Platform Operator to use the GSA Platform to allocate capacities on the interconnection points on the Ukraine-Poland border in line with the Gas Capacity Allocation Network Code and the ENTSOG capacity auction calendar. The first commercial auctions of the yearly products for gas year 2020/2021 will be conducted in July 2020.  

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 24.03.2020

Secretariat convenes meetings to boost sustainable large infrastructure development in the Energy Community

on 20 March 2020

The Energy Community Groups for electricity, gas and oil, charged with steering the process of selecting key infrastructure projects, met on 18 and 19 March. The Groups discussed the methodology for assessing the potential candidate Projects of Energy Community Interest (PECI) and Projects of Mutual Interest (PMI) submitted by project promoters, verifying that they meet the eligibility criteria defined in the Regulation (EU) 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure.

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EU4Energy assists Ukraine in transposing EU Regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency

on 20 March 2020

On 20 March, EU4Energy Governance launched a technical assistance project to assist Ukraine in the transposition of Regulation (EU) 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT). The Regulation defines a framework for identifying and penalising insider trading and market manipulation in wholesale energy markets across Europe.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 20.03.2020

Technical Assistance to Connectivity paves way for electricity market integration in the Western Balkans, additional efforts required to complete the process 

Electricity
on 19 March 2020

Technical assistance to Regional Energy Market Connectivity in the Western Balkans, funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat, has drawn to a close. The project’s budget of EUR 1 million was implemented through 17 projects and more than 50 workshops, trainings and meetings, contributing to the creation of a regional energy market and capacity building of 43 stakeholders directly or indirectly supported through the project.

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  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
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Moldova to acquire tool to monitor energy efficiency developments

on 18 March 2020

On 18 March, EU4Energy Governance launched a technical assistance project to support Moldova with the development of a web-based Monitoring and Verification Platform (MVP) that will assist authorities in measuring progress towards energy efficiency targets and calculate energy savings.

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  • Moldova Moldova
2020 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 18.03.2020

Only two weeks left to register for Energy Community Summer School 2020

on 17 March 2020

If you are a postgraduate student or a young professional looking to get ahead in your energy career, don’t miss the chance to take part in the 5th edition of the Energy Community Summer School. The Summer School offers an intensive but stimulating programme consisting of a combination of first class lectures, course work and social / cultural activities.

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Secretariat adopts COVID-19 policy, upcoming events to be webstreamed or postponed

on 16 March 2020

Due to the recent developments linked to the COVID-19 situation and measures issued by the Austrian authorities, the Energy Community Secretariat has taken temporary actions to limit access to its premises to prevent the spreading of COVID-19.

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Energy Community Coordination Group puts energy efficiency of buildings in the spotlight, unveils new biomass-based heating database

Energy efficiency
on 12 March 2020

Improving the energy efficiency of buildings was at the core of the 22nd meeting of the Energy Community Coordination Group in Vienna on 11 March. The meeting took stock of the implementation of national building renovation strategies, as set out in the Group’s work programme 2019-2020, and ongoing and future investment programmes. This topic is expected to feature significantly in the next EU financial framework 2021-2027. With respect to the next energy efficiency issues to be tackled, it was agreed that the Group would prioritize working with municipalities on heating and cooling as well as nearly zero energy buildings. Stronger requirements for energy efficiency appliances and innovative funding programmes for residential buildings renovation would also be in focus. The national institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks governing the housing sector with an impact on energy investment will be assessed and improved. 

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2020 Energy efficiency 2699a78f1619449cb73fc217a0b311d8 12.03.2020

EU4Energy supports Ukraine with transposition of energy infrastructure regulation

on 11 March 2020

On 10 March, EU4Energy launched a technical assistance project to assist Ukraine in the transposition of Regulation (EU) 347/2013, which aims to facilitate investments in energy infrastructure.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Infrastructure bc4f0df0ba204793a08724f249a4648d EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 11.03.2020

Debriefing of embassies and international organisations on the Ukrainian renewables dispute

Renewable energy
on 6 March 2020

Yesterday, Deputy Director Dirk Buschle, in his capacity as mediator of a dispute between investors in renewable energy (wind and solar) and the Ministry responsible for energy and environment of Ukraine, debriefed the embassies and international organizations based in Kyiv on the state of negotiations between the parties.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2020 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Renewable energy bf3b5cd549cd499897d4f874c0af4fdd 06.03.2020

Secretariat meets new Kosovo Government, discusses future of energy reforms

on 4 March 2020

The Secretariat met with representatives of the new Kosovo* Government, including Prime Minister Kurti, Deputy Prime Minister Abazi, Minister of Economy Hajdari and Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Abdixhiku, in Pristina on 3 March 2020. The meetings focused on issues related to the Kosova e Re project, replacing the existing renewables feed-in tariff support mechanism with a competitive mechanism and development of an integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. Ongoing infringement cases against Kosovo* were also discussed. The Secretariat was represented by Director Kopač, Deputy Director Buschle and Electricity Expert Kllokoqi.

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
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Secretariat to cooperate with Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee regarding alleged abuse of dominance on Burshtyn island by DTEK

on 3 March 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat has received a complaint regarding an abuse of dominance on Burshtyn Island by DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private electricity producer. Allegedly, DTEK is considerably cutting imports of electricity from Slovakia to Burshtyn Island by not utilizing the cross-border transmission capacities assigned to it. It thereby creates shortages of electricity available for sale on the day-ahead market, while at the same time offering more electricity on the balancing market, where prices are higher.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Director Kopač meets EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement

on 2 March 2020

Today, the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat met with Olivér Várhelyi, the new EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, in Brussels.  The meeting discussed opportunities for strengthening cooperation between the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat. It also focused on energy transition options for the Energy Community Contracting Parties, including in light of the upcoming EU-Western Balkans Summit taking place on 7 May in Zagreb under the auspices of the Croatian Presidency of the EU.

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  • European Union European Union
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New study explores future system adequacy and capacity mechanisms in the Western Balkans

Electricity
on 26 February 2020

The electricity markets in the Western Balkans are experiencing a period of complex transition, characterised by the liberalization and decarbonisation agenda. Full integration into the EU internal energy market will require alignment with the European target model (e.g. reforms of the wholesale market and market coupling), European environmental regulation (e.g. implementation of Large Combustion Plants Directive, Industrial Emissions Directive and CO2 pricing, increased renewables penetration targets), and phasing out of existing non-compliant State aid. As a consequence, a number of plants could potentially retire, which raises security of supply concerns.

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  • Albania Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Serbia Serbia
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Montenegro continues to take major steps to reduce GHG emissions as government approves cap and trade system for major emitters

 

on 24 February 2020

Following the adoption of the Law on Protection from the Negative Impacts of Climate Change in December 2019, Montenegro continues to lead the way in the Energy Community in the establishment of a complete system required to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, protect the ozone layer and adapt to climate change. A new regulation on activities emitting GHG for which a GHG emission permit has been issued, adopted by the Government on 6 February and having entered into force on 21 February, brings Montenegro even closer to the EU acquis in the area of climate change. Its adoption was also one of the prerequisites for opening Chapter 27 of EU accession talks (on environment and climate change).

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  • Montenegro Montenegro
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Director Kopač addresses Serbia’s Energy Policy Forum, highlights legislative pathway for the energy transition

on 20 February 2020

On 19 February, Director Kopač addressed the Energy Policy Forum hosted by the Parliament of Serbia in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Mr Kopač presented the Secretariat's findings on Serbia's progress in aligning with the Energy Community acquis and engaged in a dialogue with Members of Parliament and other stakeholders. 

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  • Serbia Serbia
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North Macedonia starts procedure for granting water concession for electricity production from hydropower plant on Crna River

 

Renewable energy
on 20 February 2020

The Government of North Macedonia has launched a procedure for granting water concession for construction of a hydropower plant on Crna River (HPP Cebren).

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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North Macedonia becomes first Contracting Party to start converting coal mines to solar fields

Renewable energy
on 18 February 2020

As part of its efforts to boost renewables and fight air pollution, North Macedonia has initiated the realization of its plans to build solar PV plants on top of a coal mine site in Oslomej, Kicevo. On 11 February 2020, the government launched a public tender seeking investors to construct two photovoltaic units of up to 100 MW in total. 

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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REMINDER: Deadline to submit candidate priority infrastructure projects PECI/PMI approaching 

on 17 February 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat launched the call for key regional infrastructure projects that may benefit from EU technical assistance and grants and streamlined permitting procedures on 3 February 2020. To qualify, the project must have a cross-border impact and help the Energy Community to achieve its energy and climate policy objectives. The call is open to the following categories of projects: electricity transmission, storage, smart grid; gas transmission, storage, LNG/CNG infrastructure; oil transmission and storage. The deadline for submission is no later than 28 February 2020 (midnight CET).

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Secretariat rejects certification of Ukrenergo under the Third Energy Package

Electricity
on 13 February 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the Ukrainian regulator’s draft certification decision on Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian electricity system operator. In its Opinion, the Secretariat takes the view that Ukrenergo does not own the electricity transmission assets as required by Article 9(1) of the Electricity Directive,

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Moldova intensifies efforts to certify Moldelectrica, its TSO for electricity

Electricity
on 12 February 2020

Following the Secretariat’s Opinion on the certification of the electricity transmission system operator Moldelectrica, representatives of the Moldovan regulator (ANRE) and Moldelectrica met experts from the Secretariat to discuss options for unbundling. The workshop in Chisinau was organized under EU4Energy. Despite some remaining obstacles in the national legislation, all participants agreed that the unbundling of Moldelectrica must be regarded a top priority for the Moldovan energy sector.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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National Energy and Climate Plan in Georgia tackled during EU4Energy high level meeting in Tbilisi

on 12 February 2020

On 12 February, EU4Energy Governance organised a High Level Policy Talks event to support Georgia with the development of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP). Top experts of the Energy Community Secretariat and invited speakers shared their knowledge and expertise to provide clarifications on relevant aspects of EU/Energy Community energy and climate policy and law and relevant EU regulatory and organisational practices.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Secretariat calls on national State aid authorities to scrutinize subsidies to coal electricity production

on 7 February 2020

In June 2019, the Energy Community Secretariat published a study on analysing and quantifying direct and hidden subsidies to support the coal sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine during the period 2015-2017. The Secretariat sent a follow-up preliminary assessment of these subsidies under the Energy Community State aid acquis to the competent State aid authorities to further assess these measures as to their compatibility with the State aid acquis.

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North Macedonian Parliament adopts the most all inclusive Energy Efficiency Law Energy

Energy efficiency
on 6 February 2020

Energy Community Secretariat welcomes yesterday’s adoption of a comprehensive Law on Energy Efficiency, transposing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Regulation on Labelling of energy related products, and Directive on Eco-design of energy related products.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Secretariat launches study on carbon pricing design in the Energy Community

on 3 February 2020

While the Energy Community Treaty works to integrate Contracting Parties into the EU energy market via harmonization of the legal and regulatory framework, a crucial element is still missing – a carbon pricing mechanism. EU electricity prices account for externalities via the emissions trading system (ETS), while the current Energy Community acquis does not include any such framework. A gradual alignment of the Energy Community carbon pricing policies with those of the EU would ensure a level playing field in the context of regional and pan-European market integration.

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Secretariat launches call for priority infrastructure projects

on 3 February 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat launched the call for key regional infrastructure projects that may benefit from EU technical assistance and grants and streamlined permitting procedures. To qualify, the project must have a cross-border impact and help the Energy Community to achieve its energy and climate policy objectives. The call is open to the following categories of projects: electricity transmission, storage, smart grid; gas transmission, storage, LNG/CNG infrastructure; oil transmission and storage. The deadline for submission is no later than 28 February 2020 (midnight CET).

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EU4Energy holds capacity building workshop on energy related legal developments in Ukraine

on 1 February 2020

On 30 and 31 January 2020, the Secretariat hosted a EU4Energy capacity building workshop on energy related legal developments in Ukraine and next steps in the harmonization with the Energy Community acquis. The workshop was attended by experts of the Secretariat of Committee on Energy, Housing and Utilities Services of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat welcomes adoption of Serbian NERP

on 31 January 2020

At its session held on 30 January 2020, the Government of Serbia adopted the country’s National Emission Reduction Plan. The Secretariat welcomes the plan’s adoption as an important step in reducing emissions into the air from large combustion plants, which comes as a follow-up to Energy Community dispute settlement Case ECS-1/20.

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  • Serbia Serbia
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Negotiations under the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre address recent challenges in the Ukrainian renewables sector

Renewable energy
on 29 January 2020

On 25 January 2020, the first joint negotiation session between representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection and two investor organizations, the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency and the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, took place in Kyiv. The negotiations are mediated by the Energy Community Secretariat. The negotiations aim at finding appropriate solutions to a number of issues related to the Ukrainian renewable energy sector. The parties agreed on several work streams and deliverables for the upcoming two weeks. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Energy Community in Davos

Director
on 23 January 2020

Director Kopač participated today to several World Economic Forum events in Davos, primarily as panellist in sessions related to economic and energy policy reforms in Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Early notification: Secretariat to open call for candidate projects of Energy Community interest in early February 2020

on 21 January 2020

The Energy Community Secretariat commenced the third selection procedure for Projects of Energy Community Interest and Projects of Mutual Interest (PECI/PMI) in January 2020 in line with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure, as adopted in the Energy Community. The launch of the project submission process will be announced on the Energy Community website in early February 2020.

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Jump start your energy future - Apply for the Energy Community Summer School programme

on 20 January 2020

The Secretariat is delighted to launch today the call for applications for the 5th edition of the Energy Community Summer School. This year’s Summer School will take place from 22 August to 29 August 2020 at the Masaryk University Centre in Telc, Czech Republic, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.

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EU4Energy experts present draft regulations for regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems in Georgia

on 16 January 2020

On 15-16 January, EU4Energy experts presented draft guidelines and regulations for regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems to representatives of the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development at a workshop in Tbilisi. 

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Serbia for lack of adoption of a National Emission Reduction Plan

Environment
on 15 January 2020

Today, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Serbia to address the incomplete implementation of the Large Combustion Plants Directive. The Directive took effect on 1 January 2018 in the Energy Community. For existing large combustion plants, two alternative implementation avenues exist: either compliance with the emission limit values for SO2, NOx and dust at individual plant level, or implementation of a National Emission Reduction Plan (NERP). Every plant must be covered by either of the two options. Out of the sixteen existing large combustion plants in Serbia, nine are under the scope of the dispute settlement case.

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  • Serbia Serbia
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Secretariat and Agora Energiewende propose no-regret measures to advance the energy transition in the Western Balkans

on 14 January 2020

Following the publication of the European Green Deal, which underlines the need to engage the Western Balkans in the decarbonisation pathway, the Secretariat and Berlin-based Agora Energiewende proposed a set of specific measures to advance the clean energy transition in the Western Balkans and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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New WBIF Publication: Investing in Clean Energy in the Western Balkans

on 14 January 2020

The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) has released the fourth edition of the publication “Investing in Clean Energy in the Western Balkans”. Prepared with the support of the Energy Community Secretariat, it now covers energy efficiency and renewable energy, making it a truly clean energy publication.
 

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Secretariat rejects choice of unbundling model of Gastrans

on 13 January 2020

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion on the Serbian regulator’s draft certification decision on Gastrans, the Serbian section of the TurkStream II pipeline system. In its Opinion, the Secretariat recalls that Gastrans has not been lawfully exempted from the unbundling provisions of the Gas Directive. The project does not enhance competition, as required for an exemption under Article 36 of the Gas Directive, but is detrimental to the development of competition on the Serbian market. By consequence, Gastrans is not eligible for a model of unbundling outside the Third Energy Package, as created by AERS, but can only be certified under the Gas Directive’s provisions on ownership unbundling.

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  • Serbia Serbia
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Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Kosovo for illegal State aid to Kosovo e Re

on 23 December 2019

On 20 December 2019, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Kosovo* in Case ECS-4/19,  addressing its concerns with regard to the illegality and existence of State aid in relation to the Kosovo e Re project. In particular, the Secretariat preliminarily found that certain measures, such as energy and availability payments over 20 years under the power purchase agreement, the sale and transfer of the plant site under market value, a state guarantee, a VAT exemption, and taking over several charges and costs constitute State aid. 

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
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Georgia leap-frogs from outdated energy market framework to Third Energy Package