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Guarantee for the Tuzla 7 coal power plant found to be illegal State aid

on 5 July 2022

On 29 June 2022, the State Aid Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina annulled its decision from 2018 where it found that a guarantee granted by the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in favour of the Export-Import Bank of China for a loan by the latter to the public utility Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo for the Tuzla 7 coal power plant project does not constitute State aid. Following the argumentation by the Secretariat in an infringement case against Bosnia and Herzegovina (Case ECS-10/18), the State Aid Council now decided that the guarantee constitutes illegal State aid which the Federation’s Ministry of Finance is obliged to recover.

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SEEGAS sets out possible measures to mitigate gas supply risks in case of Russian gas disruption

Gas
on 4 July 2022

The Energy Community held its fourth South-East European Gas (SEEGAS) Joint Steering Committee meeting in Vienna on 30 June and 1 July. Participants agreed that the risks of a Russian gas supply disruption in the region can only be addressed through further market integration and the harmonisation of market rules, as well as trading and post-trading structures on regional gas exchanges. The meeting focused on how to fast-track the integration of gas infrastructure and markets in central, southern and eastern Europe. In order to react to the ongoing gas crisis effectively, the meeting was joined by representatives from the European Commission, ACER, EBRD, USAID, ENTSOG, Europex and EFET. 

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Secretariat to support application of harmonized and efficient rules on cross-border trade following start of commercial exchanges of electricity with Ukraine

Electricity
on 28 June 2022

Following the emergency synchronisation of the Ukraine/Moldova power systems with Continental Europe on 16 March 2022, the Energy Community Secretariat welcomes the implementation of the pre-conditions set by the transmission system operators (TSOs) of Continental Europe for allowing commercial exchanges on the interconnections with Ukraine and the gradual start of commercial exchanges on 30 June. The Energy Community Secretariat supports the work of the TSOs and the national regulatory authorities (NRAs) in ensuring harmonised and efficient allocation and use of cross-border capacity.  

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Dedicated webinar explores need for gender disaggregated data in the energy sector

on 27 June 2022

On 23 June, representatives from the European Commission, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Engie Impact, E-Control, the European Institute of Energy Equality (EIGE) and the Energy Community Secretariat gathered to raise awareness of the importance of gender disaggregated data in the energy sector. Gender-disaggregated data is needed to advance gender equality and diversity in the energy sector in order to produce a swifter and more inclusive energy transition, boosting innovation and accelerating the attainment of multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

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Statement of Director Lorkowski on the European Council’s decision regarding EU membership applications of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

on 24 June 2022

I sincerely welcome yesterday’s decision of the European Council to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova and set forth a clear EU perspective for Georgia.

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  • Georgia Georgia
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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EU4Energy supports Moldova and Ukraine in implementation of the ITC Mechanism 

EU4ENERGY
on 24 June 2022

On 24 June 2022, the national regulatory authorities of the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine (ANRE and NEURC), transmission system operators (Moldelectrica and Ukrenergo), the European Commission (DG Energy and the Support Group to Ukraine) and Energy Community Secretariat experts discussed how to ensure fair compensation to transmission system operators for the costs of hosting cross-border flows of electricity, known as the ITC Mechanism. This is important for ensuring the continuity of electricity market integration of Moldova and Ukraine with the Continental Europe power system following the emergency synchronization of the two countries. The technical assistance is implemented in the framework of the EU4Energy Governance Project.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Kosovo and Serbia adopt roadmap to implement Energy Agreements

Electricity
on 22 June 2022

Following the EU-facilitated dialogue, Kosovo* and Serbia agreed on a roadmap for implementation of the Energy Agreements of 2013 and 2015.

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • Serbia Serbia
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Energy and Climate Committee advances negotiations on 2030 energy and climate targets

on 21 June 2022

The 9th Energy and Climate Committee met on 20 June in Vienna to negotiate the 2030 energy and climate targets for the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The adoption of 2030 targets is needed to accelerate the clean energy transition and set the countries on the path to decarbonisation by 2050.

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Further steps to support Moldova - Ukraine electricity market integration under EU4Energy

EU4ENERGY
on 17 June 2022

On 17 June 2022, the national regulatory authorities of Moldova and Ukraine (ANRE and NEURC), transmission system operators (Moldelectrica and Ukrenergo), EU Delegation to Moldova, the Support Group to Ukraine and Energy Community Secretariat experts came together to discuss how to advance electricity market integration between the two countries, focussing on the process of unintentional deviations settlement.

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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European and Mediterranean regulators join efforts to accelerate the energy transition

on 15 June 2022

The energy sector is currently facing a major transformation which implies multiple challenges, such as price surge and security of supply concerns and increasing energy poverty as well as many opportunities like digitalisation in light of the Clean Energy Package, as well as the transformation of heating and energy generation to meet decarbonisation goals. These themes were addressed at the workshop jointly organised by the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) and the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators (MEDREG) on 15 June 2022 in Vienna.

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Centre for Alleviating Energy Poverty launch event discusses solutions to help energy poor amid rising prices   

on 13 June 2022

Energy poverty is a prevailing problem in the Energy Community Contracting Parties and needs to be placed at the forefront of efforts to ensure a just and inclusive energy transition. Addressing energy poverty is at the centre of the Energy Community’s Just Transition Initiative and the newly created Centre for Alleviating Energy Poverty started its mission to promote solutions for its reduction.

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Energy Community welcomes gradual opening of electricity trade between European Union and Ukraine following emergency synchronization

Electricity
on 8 June 2022

On 7 June, the transmission system operators (TSOs) of Continental Europe responded positively to the request of Ukraine’s TSO Ukrenergo for the gradual opening of commercial electricity exchanges on the interconnections with Ukraine. This follows the emergency synchronization with the network of Continental Europe on 16 March this year. The Regional Group Continental Europe also set the key technical conditions that need to be fulfilled before the commercial exchanges can start.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Director Lorkowski visits Montenegro to discuss energy and climate reforms

on 6 June 2022

On 3 June, Director Lorkowski met with the Deputy Prime Minister for regional development and Minister of Capital Investments of Montenegro, responsible for energy issues, Ervin Ibrahimović. The discussions focussed on the country’s progress in transposing the Clean Energy for all European package, its coal phase-out strategy, efficient and renewable energy deployment and the current situation in the energy market. Director Lorkowski highlighted priorities at the level of the Energy Community, including the adoption of 2030 energy and climate targets and the implementation of the Decarbonisation Roadmap.

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  • Montenegro Montenegro
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Electricity Forum discusses energy transition and electricity trade following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

on 6 June 2022

Over 200 stakeholders discussed how to take advantage of the momentum to accelerate regional electricity market integration and the transition to renewable energy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the energy price surge at the Energy Community’s biggest annual conference on electricity, which took place in hybrid format on 1 and 2 June.

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Moldova takes decisive step to adhere to European electricity trading standards, market integration with Ukraine moves ahead

Electricity
on 3 June 2022

As of 1 June, the electricity market rules entered into force in Moldova. These rules establish a balancing mechanism that sets a level playing field for all market players and unlocks the potential to utilise the interconnection with Ukraine. This boosts competition and security of supply, mitigating Moldova’s dependence on one dominant electricity source.

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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North Macedonia adopts National Energy and Climate Plan, commits to accelerate energy transition during Secretariat’s visit to Skopje

on 1 June 2022

Director Artur Lorkowski and Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs of North Macedonia, Fatmir Bytyki, agreed to step up cooperation to accelerate the just energy transition during their meeting in Skopje on 31 May. The meeting coincided with the adoption of the final National Energy and Climate Plan by the Government of North Macedonia, following the Secretariat’s recommendations.

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Nine electronic registries for guarantees of origin are ready to drive renewables uptake in the Energy Community

Renewable energy
on 26 May 2022

Under the regional project launched by the Energy Community Secretariat in January 2022, electronic registries for guarantees of origin have been created for Albania, two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine. All nine registries are ready to go-live following the signing of direct agreements between the Contracting Parties’ issuing bodies and the service provider Grexel. After signing the agreements, two or more Contracting Parties will be able to trade guarantees of origin through the regional system established by the service provider.

 

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Ukraine urgently needs donations of emergency energy equipment

on 25 May 2022

Donations of energy equipment are urgently needed to keep Ukraine's energy infrastructure operational and restore energy supply to hundreds of thousands of families and businesses. The Energy Community Secretariat’s Ukraine Support Task Force (USTF) coordinates first aid shipments of critical specialised energy equipment to Ukraine donated by private companies. 

 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Moldova and Ukraine are on the way of the post-synchronization processes

EU4ENERGY
on 25 May 2022

The Energy Community Secretariat continues supporting Ukraine and Moldova in aligning their legal and regulatory frameworks with EU rules.

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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EU4Energy supports Georgia in transposing new Renewable Energy Directive 2018/2001 into national legislation

EU4ENERGY
on 25 May 2022

On 11 May, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MoESD), the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC), the electricity transmission system operator - JSC Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) and the Electricity Market Operator (ESCO) kicked off EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at supporting Georgia in drafting amendments to the current Law on promotion of energy from renewable sources to transpose Renewables Directive 2018/2001 as adapted and adopted by the 2021 Energy Community Ministerial Council.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Energy regulator of North Macedonia joins ACER’s electricity working group

on 24 May 2022

On 23 May, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Energy and Water Services Commission of North Macedonia (ERC) signed an agreement that formalizes ERC’s participation in ACER’s electricity working group. This follows an assessment of the Energy Community Secretariat on compliance of North Macedonia with Third Package requirements in the electricity sector and regulatory independence as well on environmental, competition, climate and renewables performance.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Implications of CBAM for Contracting Parties discussed at Energy Community high-level event in Brussels

on 23 May 2022

With the conclusion of the negotiations on the European Commission’s proposal on the carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) around the corner, the Energy Community brought together key stakeholders to take stock of the opportunities and challenges posed by the implementation of the CBAM instrument. Participants recognized the beneficial role that CBAM could have on incentivizing increased decarbonization efforts and compliance with the Energy Community emission reduction rules.

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Secretariat expresses concern about regulatory uncertainty in Kosovo*

on 23 May 2022

During their mission to Kosovo*, Director Lorkowski, Deputy Director Buschle and Electricity Expert Kllokoqi met the Deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi, Minister of Economy Artane Rizvanolli and Deputy Minister for Environment, Spatial Panning and Infrastructure Linda Cavderbasha. They also held meetings with representatives of the Parliamentary Committee responsible for energy, the Energy Regulatory Office and other energy stakeholders. The discussions focused on the transposition of the Clean Energy for all European Package, the forthcoming Network Codes and Guidelines for electricity, Kosovo*’s Energy Strategy and the National Energy and Climate Plan. The Secretariat committed to support the Kosovan authorities in developing the legal acts necessary for regional market integration and attracting investments in renewables.

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
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EU External Energy Strategy defines Energy Community as instrument for ambitious energy and climate policies and market reforms

on 18 May 2022

Published by the European Commission today, the new EU External Energy Strategy defines the Energy Community as the framework for promoting ambitious energy and climate policies and market reforms. The Strategy is part of the REPowerEU Plan that aims to end the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels and tackling the climate crisis and sets out how the EU will work together with its neighbours. 

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Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum debates energy security amidst Russian invasion of Ukraine

on 17 May 2022

Parliamentarians of the Energy Community Contracting Parties and the European Parliament met today in Brussels under the umbrella of the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum. In the presence of EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, Members of Parliament discussed how to strengthen Europe’s energy security following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Support for the energy sector of Moldova and Ukraine and enhanced European energy market integration were also discussed.   

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Moldova takes first step towards electricity supply diversification

on 12 May 2022

Moldova’s main electricity supplier, Energocom, has signed a contract with the Ukrainian hydropower producer, Ukrhydroenergo, for supplying around 30% of demand in Moldova for the period from 12 until 31 May 2022.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Secretariat initiates dispute settlement procedure against Moldova for lack of virtual reverse gas flow

on 12 May 2022

Today, the Secretariat submitted an Opening Letter to Moldova to address its failure to adopt the legal framework necessary for the transmission system operator to effectively offer backhaul capacity. In the Opening Letter, the Secretariat preliminarily concludes that although Moldova transposed the provision of the network code obliging transmission system operators to offer backhaul capacity, it failed to adopt necessary provisions for the customs clearance of such transactions. 

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Secretariat’s task force coordinates delivery of 60 metric tons of critical energy equipment to Ukraine

on 9 May 2022

The Secretariat’s Ukraine Support Task Force is continuously working to keep the lights on in Ukraine during the conditions of war. Cooperating closely with the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre, the Task Force has supported the delivery of more than 60 metric tons of emergency energy equipment donated by companies across Europe.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Energy Community Security of Supply Coordination Group holds emergency talks on gas supplies

on 6 May 2022

The Energy Community Security of Supply Coordination Group assessed possible risks facing each Contracting Party in case of a gas supply disruption from Russia and measures to help soften its impact at yesterday’s emergency meeting. The Group recalled the importance of risk preparedness, diversification of energy supply and necessity to remove any regulatory obstacles hindering the flow of gas. Infrastructure bottlenecks were also discussed.

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Energy Community Secretariat on high-level mission to Moldova

on 6 May 2022

Director Lorkowski and Deputy Director Buschle met the President of Moldova Maia Sandu, the Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita, and the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Andrei Spinu, during their mission to Moldova this week. The discussions focused on practical measures to support Moldova in ensuring electricity supply from Ukraine in the short-term and setting up an internal mechanism enabling efficient cross-border exchanges on a continuous basis with Ukraine and later also with Romania.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Director Lorkowski on working visit to Albania

on 28 April 2022

Director Lorkowski held meetings with key government representatives and energy stakeholders during his visit to Tirana on 27 and 28 April. The Director discussed the state of energy and climate reforms with Deputy Prime Minister Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Infrastructure and Energy Belinda Balluku and Minister of Tourism and Environment Mirela Kumbaro. He also met with representatives of the Parliament of Albania and board members of the National Regulatory Authority.

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  • Albania Albania
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Energy Community welcomes Ukrenergo’s observer membership in ENTSO-E

Electricity
on 26 April 2022

Today, Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian transmission system operator, and ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, signed an Observer Membership Agreement. This follows the successful emergency synchronization of the power system of Ukraine with the Continental European power system on 16 March. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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New policy paper highlights need for gender-disaggregated data 

on 26 April 2022

Recent studies have shown that ensuring gender equality in the energy sector is key to social, political, environmental and economic development and gender considerations need to be taken into account in order to advance the energy transition.  Yet women's participation in the energy sector remains underutilized and far from balanced.

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First donation to Ukraine Energy Support Fund ready for disbursement  

on 25 April 2022

Following the signature of a Fiduciary Agreement between the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the Secretariat and the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities of Denmark, the Ukraine Energy Support Fund has received the first donation from the Government of Denmark. The donation will be used to purchase much needed emergency energy equipment, fuels for electricity production and heating and provide other types of support.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Energy and Climate Committee discusses way forward for 2030 targets

on 12 April 2022

The 8th Energy and Climate Committee met on 12 April in Vienna, in the presence of the EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson. The meeting provided an opportunity for Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Energy Community Contracting Parties to discuss the process for setting 2030 energy and climate targets. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlović, received the Committee’s endorsement as co-chair, joining in this role previously appointed Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Olha Stefanishyna.

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First aid shipment of critical specialised energy equipment coordinated by the Secretariat arrives in Ukraine

on 11 April 2022

The first shipment of emergency equipment to help repair energy infrastructure damaged during the war coordinated by the Secretariat has arrived in Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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High level conference mobilizes support for Ukrainian energy sector, outlines path for its post-war revitalization

on 11 April 2022

The High Level Event on the Security and Stability of the Ukrainian Energy Sector during the War and its Post-War Revitalisation, hosted by the Energy Community Secretariat today, represents an important milestone for mobilizing support for the energy sector of Ukraine. The conference welcomed the first donation made by the Danish Government to the Ukraine Energy Support Fund. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat discusses Montenegro’s energy and climate plans  

on 8 April 2022

Today, the Secretariat held a working meeting with State Secretary responsible for Energy, Marko Perunović, and Director-General of Directorate for Energy and Energy Efficiency, Mr. Vladimir Durutović. The meeting focused on plans and projects pursued by Montenegro in its efforts to end the dependency on coal. Both sides also exchanged on sectoral reforms in key areas such as electricity, gas, renewables and energy efficiency. The meeting provided an opportunity to prepare the transposition of the Clean Energy Package in Montenegro.  

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  • Montenegro Montenegro
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Energy Community Secretariat to act as fiduciary of the Ukraine Energy Support Fund

on 5 April 2022

Upon request by the European Commission and in agreement with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the Energy Community Secretariat set up the legal framework for the Ukraine Energy Support Fund to counteract the impact of the Russian invasion. The Fund will enable governments and international financial institutions to provide emergency financial support to the Ukrainian energy sector. The Secretariat will act as fiduciary of the Fund as well as an intermediary between the donors and the Ukrainian authorities.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Energy Community opens new office in Chisinau to better serve Moldova

on 4 April 2022

On the occasion of his address at the conference on Moldova’s energy sector opened by the President and Prime Minister of Moldova on 1 April, Director Lorkowski announced that the Energy Community is reinforcing its engagement in Moldova by opening an office Chisinau. 

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Director Lorkowski discusses way forward in energy and climate reforms with key stakeholders in Georgia

on 31 March 2022

Georgia's ongoing work on the National Energy and Climate Plan took centre stage in a meeting between Director Lorkowski and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili. "We fully support Georgia in its strife for decarbonisation and greater resilience of the energy sector. Today, this is more important than ever. A robust and ambitious strategy will also help create the investor confidence needed for the energy transition. The Secretariat's support will be very hands-on," said Director Lorkowski.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Environmental concerns increase with decision on lifetime extension of Tuzla 4 and Kakanj 5

on 25 March 2022

On 24 March, the House of Peoples of the Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina endorsed conclusions to cancel the application of the opt-out regime of the Large Combustion Plants Directive for two power plants, the TPPs Tuzla 4 and Kakanj 5. With the conclusions endorsed by the House of Peoples, the intention is to extend their operation until 2028. In the Secretariat’s opinion, such a unilateral decision is a clear breach of the obligations of Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Energy Community Treaty.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Director Lorkowski urges reforms to ensure the electricity sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina is ready for CBAM

on 24 March 2022

Director Lorkowski delivered opening remarks at the Energy Summit in Neum this week. In his speech, he underlined that the current global energy crisis strengthened the case for a rapid energy transition and presented an additional reason for Bosnia and Herzegovina to phase out its reliance on fossil fuels.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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SEEGAS addresses vulnerabilities to gas disruptions in South-East Europe   

Gas
on 21 March 2022

Gas stakeholders underlined that coordinated actions and measures were the best response to ensure the stability of the regional gas system following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  

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Director Lorkowski visits Bosnia and Herzegovina to discuss energy transition

on 17 March 2022

Director Lorkowski held introductory meetings with key government representatives and energy stakeholders during his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina this week. He invited all stakeholders to actively engage in an inclusive process of setting 2030 targets for energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas reduction in 2022. 

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Secretariat commends accelerated power system synchronization of Ukraine and Moldova with ENTSO-E

on 16 March 2022

Today marks the start of trial synchronization of the power systems of Ukraine and Moldova with the Continental European power system, as a milestone towards permanent synchronization in the future. This follows the request by the two Energy Community Contracting Parties for emergency synchronization after the completion of isolated mode tests during which their electricity systems proved reliable and stable in spite of the extremely challenging circumstances caused by the Russian invasion.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Moldova Moldova
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Secretariat deeply saddened by death of Dr Erhard Busek, a staunch advocate of regional energy cooperation

on 15 March 2022

The Secretariat is deeply saddened by the death of Dr Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South East Europe from 2002 - 2008. We offer our deepest condolences to his family.  

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Introducing a new webinar series: The role of green bonds in the energy transition

on 14 March 2022

Green bonds can serve as a key instrument to finance the transition towards a low-carbon economy in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The Energy Community Secretariat, in cooperation with the Hungarian National Bank and with the support of the Western Balkans Green Center, is launching a new webinar series to help raise awareness of green bonds and provide practical advice on how to mobilize this type of finance. With investors actively looking for sustainable, green investment opportunities, focus will be put on the tools needed to attract potential investors.  

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Secretariat facilitates donor coordination on energy efficiency and climate

on 10 March 2022

Nine leading donor and international financial organizations gathered yesterday at a meeting hosted by the Secretariat to discuss the technical assistance and capacity building needs of the Contracting Parties and how they can best be matched with donor programmes. Support for the implementation of the Clean Energy Package and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans were identified as priority areas. Participants welcomed the Secretariat’s Donor Coordination Platform, featuring over 200 projects, as a useful tool for improving the effectiveness and ensuring synergies in donor support in the Energy Community Contracting Parties.

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Nuclear power plant Chernobyl disconnected - Urgent action required

on 9 March 2022

The Secretariat is very concerned regarding the news about the decommissioned nuclear power plant Chernobyl being disconnected from the electricity network and hence staying without electricity supply, as reported today by the transmission system operator of Ukraine, Ukrenergo. A secure power supply is of the utmost importance for cooling radioactive waste in this power plant. Against this background, the Secretariat appreciates the efforts currently made by ENTSO-E to connect the Ukrainian power system as soon as possible with the one of Continental Europe.    

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat voices deep concern for all women and girls affected by war 

on 8 March 2022

In these extraordinary times when war is raging on the European continent and on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Secretariat would like to reiterate its solid commitment to gender equality and deep concern for all women, girls and children who are disproportionately affected by the ongoing war. Women’s voices need to be heard, especially now. As underlined by Director Lorkowski when joining the International Gender Champions (IGC) leadership network, “This should start with recognizing that women are disproportionally impacted by issues like energy poverty and climate change, but also by ensuring that women and men are equally represented at the decision-making table.” In this regard, we would like to highlight the pledge made by Director Lorkowski to stop all forms of gender-based violence and no longer take part in single-sex panels as part of his IGC membership.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat to assist Ukraine in coordination of emergency supplies

on 4 March 2022

Ukraine urgently needs supplies of repair materials and fuels, such as diesel, petrol, coal and generators, to ensure the stability of its energy system.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Supporting Ukraine: Energy Community convenes emergency security of supply meeting

on 1 March 2022

Today, the Energy Community Security of Supply Coordination Group convened for an emergency meeting to support Ukraine and Moldova following the Russian attack on Ukrainian territory. Implications on the energy security of these and the other Energy Community Contracting Parties and EU Member States were discussed.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Moldova Moldova
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This is war: Europe’s energy security depends on full synchronisation of Ukraine and Moldova with the EU electricity system

Electricity
on 28 February 2022

Since 24 February, the Ukrainian and Moldovan power systems have been operating in isolated mode. The planned isolated mode test is part of their preparation to fully synchronize with the interconnected power systems of the synchronous area of Continental Europe. The Ukrainian and Moldovan systems proved to be stable despite the extremely challenging conditions caused by the Russian invasion. But the Ukrainian and Moldovan power systems continue to be under threat, and so do the lives of citizens depending on those systems. 

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat discusses integration of Contracting Parties into the European electricity market with ENTSO-E

Electricity
on 25 February 2022

On 23 February, Director Lorkowski held an introductory meeting with the leadership of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, including the President of the ENTSO-E Assembly, Hervé Laffaye, and its Vice-President, Zbyněk Boldiš.

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Secretariat brings forward cases against three Contracting Parties for not reducing air pollution from thermal power plants

Environment
on 23 February 2022

The Secretariat has issued Reasoned Opinions against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and North Macedonia for failing to meet their NERP (National Emission Reduction Plan) ceilings for the reporting years 2018 and 2019 and thus not achieving significant reduction of air pollution from thermal power plants, as required under the Large Combustion Plants Directive. 

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo Kosovo
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Director Lorkowski meets Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Mihajlovic, cooperation on energy transition tops the agenda

on 22 February 2022

Director Artur Lorkowski and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, agreed to enhance cooperation between Serbia and the Secretariat in order to advance the country’s energy transition in line with the European Green Deal.

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  • Serbia Serbia
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Statement by Director Lorkowski on the security of supply situation in the Energy Community

on 22 February 2022

The Secretariat is gravely concerned about the situation in Ukraine in light of the aggression by the Russian Federation that undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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EU4Energy to support Georgia in strengthening security of supply requirements for electricity

EU4ENERGY
on 21 February 2022

On 17 February, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MoESD), the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC), the electricity transmission system operator - JSC Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) and the Electricity Market Operator (ESCO) kicked off EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at supporting Georgia in putting in place effective security of supply rules in the electricity sector in order to prevent, prepare for and mitigate a supply crisis and thus ensure security of supply for citizens and industry. 

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Energy Community meets 2020 headline target for energy efficiency, makes progress on renewables

on 16 February 2022

The Energy Community has achieved the 2020 headline target for energy efficiency set by the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive. With respect to renewables, three Contracting Parties - Albania, Moldova and Montenegro - have overachieved their national 2020 targets under the 2009 Renewables Directive, while the remaining Parties came close.

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Applicability of European Commission’s Guidelines on State Aid for Climate, Environmental Protection and Energy 2022

on 11 February 2022

Today, the Secretariat published Policy Guidelines on the Applicability of the Guidelines on State Aid for Climate, Environmental Protection and Energy 2022 (the CEEAG). 

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Security of supply: Ukraine better prepared in case of gas disruption

on 9 February 2022

Today’s Energy Community Security of Supply Coordination Group for gas assessed the security of supply situation in the Energy Community. With respect to the current situation in Ukraine, the Group welcomed the start of physical reverse flow from Hungary and additional gas import possibilities from Slovakia, allowing the Contracting Party to secure capacities independently of gas transit through Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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U.S. – EU Energy Council expresses strong support for Energy Community process 

on 8 February 2022

The ninth United States – European Union Energy Council met in Washington, D.C. on 7 February. In the context of the discussions, the Council reaffirmed the importance of the Energy Community in advancing energy market reforms, security of supply, decarbonisation and clean energy transition. 

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Albania: The first Contracting Party to adopt National Energy and Climate Plan

on 4 February 2022

The Government of Albania adopted the first version of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) on 29 December 2021. The draft of the Plan was submitted to the Secretariat, which provided detailed recommendations. Albania’s first NECP will continue to be developed and updated, taking into account the recommendations of the Secretariat.

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  • Albania Albania
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Montenegro adopts law guarding consumers and industry against energy market abuses

on 27 January 2022

With the support by the Energy Community Secretariat, Montenegro has adopted a key piece of legislation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency. The new law empowers the national regulator to monitor energy markets and investigate market abuse, thus ensuring that energy prices are not manipulated.

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  • Montenegro Montenegro
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Energy Community kicks off renewables certificates project to help accelerate energy transition

Renewable energy
on 26 January 2022

Today, the Energy Community launched the implementation of a project to create an electronic system for guarantees of origin in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine. Guarantees of origin (GOs) are electronic documents proving to final consumers that a specific quantity of electricity was produced from renewable energy sources.

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New Centre to accelerate ending energy poverty

on 20 January 2022

The Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Mr Artur Lorkowski, established the new Centre for Alleviating Energy Poverty in the Energy Community Contracting Parties.

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Energy Community Summer School: Applications for 2022 now open!

on 18 January 2022

The Energy Community Secretariat is pleased to launch the call for applications for the 2022 Energy Community Summer School. The Summer School offers a unique opportunity for up to 48 postgraduate students and young professionals to gain an in-depth knowledge of the energy transition in its full complexity and provide them with a platform for exchange and shaping the sectors’ future.

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Energy Community and International Renewable Energy Agency strengthen cooperation

Renewable energy
on 17 January 2022

The Energy Community Secretariat and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) strengthening the organizations’ cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

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Moldova starts 2022 with important amendments to electricity market rules    

on 4 January 2022

The entry into force of Moldova’s wholesale electricity market rules has been postponed until 1 April 2022 to allow for a three-month testing phase by all market participants. 

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Special edition of the Vienna Forum on European Energy Law sheds light on 2021 EU Gas Package

on 23 December 2021

The Energy Community Secretariat, Florence School of Regulation and the College of Europe organized a webinar with Augustijn Van Haasteren, Team leader Decarbonisation and sustainability of energy sources at DG ENER, to discuss the Commission’s proposals for the hydrogen and decarbonized gas market package.

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Secretariat issues recommendations on Albanian draft National Energy and Climate Plan

on 22 December 2021

Albania is the second Contracting Party to finalize and submit its draft National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) to the Secretariat for review. Based on the Ministerial Council Recommendation 2018/01/MC-EnC, the Secretariat issued its recommendations on the draft NECP of Albania. The Secretariat concluded that the draft constitutes a comprehensive overview of current and planned measures. However, there is room for additional policies in order to ensure that Albania embarks on structural reforms that help decouple its economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Albania Albania
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Certification of Ukrainian electricity transmission system operator completed

Electricity
on 21 December 2021

After several years of preparatory works, which included changes to the Ukrainian electricity legislation, Ukrenergo has been certified on Friday by the regulator NEURC as compliant with the Third Energy Package’s unbundling rules. The decision also constitutes a milestone for the process of integration with the ENTSO-E network.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Household consumption surveys supported by Energy Community completed

Statistics
on 20 December 2021

Accurate and reliable statistics are essential in terms of planning for the energy transition. This is why the Energy Community Secretariat has supported the Contracting Parties in conducting surveys on the consumption of different energy products and fuels in households in accordance with Regulation (EU) 431/2014. A particular focus was put on the consumption of biomass in order to accurately capture this form of energy from renewable sources in the energy mix.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia Georgia
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • Serbia Serbia
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Serbia opens energy, environment and climate change chapters under EU accession process

on 15 December 2021

The Energy Community Secretariat congratulates Serbia for its progress in the EU accession negotiation process and the opening of Cluster four (Green Agenda and Sustainable Connectivity) at the EU-Serbia Intergovernmental Conference held yesterday in Brussels.

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  • Serbia Serbia
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Podgorica, Korça and Durrës join the Clean Air Regions Initiative 

Environment
on 14 December 2021

With the recent accession of three new municipalities – Podgorica (Montenegro), Korça and Durrës (Albania), the Clean Air Regions Initiative (CARI) is dynamically growing, with the number of participants currently standing at thirteen. With the launch of the CARI at the Just Transition Forum on 30 June 2021, ambitious municipalities have set the goal to undertake voluntary measures to reduce air pollution at local level.

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  • Albania Albania
  • Montenegro Montenegro
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ECRB Electricity Working Group assesses impacts of recent price surge on electricity markets in the Contracting Parties

on 13 December 2021

The Energy Community is exposed to the current energy price hikes as the rest of Europe. In a paper published today, the Electricity Working Group of the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) sheds light on the impacts of the 2021 price surge on the Contracting Parties’ electricity markets and summarizes the measures taken by governments and regulators to protect consumers.

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Director discusses current issues with key energy stakeholders in Ukraine

on 10 December 2021

Yesterday, the Secretariat’s Director Lorkowski and Deputy Director Buschle held a series of bilateral meetings with Ukraine’s government representatives and key energy stakeholders. The mission took place on the eve of the final certification of the electricity transmission system operator Ukrenergo, which constitutes a major step forward in synchronizing the country’s power grid with the Continental Europe Synchronous Area. The Secretariat has published its Opinion on the unbundling of Ukrenergo on 3 December. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat’s new Director on working visit to Moldova

on 7 December 2021

His first mission took Director Lorkowski to Moldova. Moldova has been experiencing a gas supply crisis very recently. Director Lorkowski met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Andrei Spînu, and the board members of the Moldovan National Energy Regulatory Agency (ANRE). He also met with Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s DG NEAR, Katarina Mathernova. During the two-day visit, Mr Lorkowski was accompanied by Deputy Director Buschle.

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Study paves way to better understand causes of energy poverty and proposes policies for its mitigation in the Energy Community

on 6 December 2021

Today, the Secretariat published a study on addressing energy poverty in the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The study estimates the number of energy poor households, analyses the legal frameworks for the protection of vulnerable and energy poor consumers and investigates the main drivers and causes of energy poverty in the Contracting Parties. Efforts to address energy poverty are part of the Energy Community Just Transition Initiative to ensure that the move away from fossil fuels in the Contracting Parties is socially just, in the interest of women, workers and entire communities.

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Secretariat’s Opinion on unbundling of Ukrainian transmission system operator Ukrenergo under the Third Energy Package

on 3 December 2021

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion 4/21 of 25 November 2021 on the unbundling of the Ukrainian electricity TSO Ukrenergo. The Opinion supports the certification of Ukrenergo by the Ukrainian regulatory authority NEURC. However, in its Opinion the Secretariat raises concerns about the financing of the TSO from transmission tariffs, which are to cover also compensation for renewable energy projects under the existing legislation. The Secretariat also expects that a new and largely independent supervisory board of Ukrenego will take office immediately.  

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Marko Bislimoski re-appointed as ECRB President for next two years

on 2 December 2021

At its 50th plenary meeting in Athens, the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) reappointed Mr Marko Bislimoski, President of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission of North Macedonia, as ECRB President for 2022-2023.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Ministerial Council decides in the Tuzla 7 case

on 1 December 2021

At its meeting yesterday, the Ministerial Council decided that Bosnia and Herzegovina breached its obligations under Energy Community law with regard to the Tuzla 7 project.  The public utility Elektroprivreda Bosne i Hercegovine intends to build a new lignite fired power plant in Tuzla financed by a loan of the Chinese Export-Import Bank. The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a guarantee to secure this loan. The national State Aid Council decided that the terms under which this guarantee was granted does not involve State aid. The Energy Community Treaty includes a principle prohibition of State aid in Article 18.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Energy Community adopts Clean Energy Package

on 30 November 2021

The Energy Community Ministerial Council adopted the Clean Energy for all Europeans package at its meeting in Belgrade today under the presidency-in-office of the Republic of Serbia. The package covers legislation in the area of energy efficiency, renewables, governance, electricity market design and electricity security of supply rules, to enter into force in the next years.

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EU4Energy helps Moldova and Ukraine improve electricity cross-border capacity allocation 

on 29 November 2021

On 26 November, EU4Energy Governance held the concluding stakeholder workshop dedicated to helping Moldova and Ukraine to establish a joint electricity cross-border capacity allocation process. The final deliverables will be provided to the beneficiaries by the end of this month.

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Energy Community Summer School: What’s in store?

on 26 November 2021

The sixth edition of the Energy Community Summer School will take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 20-27 August 2022. Participating in the Summer School is not only a great international experience and an opportunity to expand one's knowledge of energy and climate policies, but it is also a fantastic way to kick-start one's professional career, with many Summer School graduates going on to have prestigious jobs in the sector.

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Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum meets in Belgrade

on 24 November 2021

Yesterday, the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum met in Belgrade under the chairmanship of Mr Veroljub Arsić, Chairman of the Committee responsible for energy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, on behalf of the Energy Community Presidency in Office. The opening statement of the Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy in the European Parliament, Mr Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, set the scene for interesting discussions on future energy and climate policies in the Contracting Parties.

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Prime Minister of Kosovo* visits Secretariat 

on 24 November 2021

Yesterday, Prime Minister Albin Kurti visited the seat of the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna to discuss Kosovo*’s future energy strategy and a range of ongoing reform measures, such as the market coupling with Albania and increasing payment discipline. The Prime Minister met with Deputy Director Dirk Buschle and Arben Kllokoqi, Electricity Expert. The Secretariat will support Kosovo* on its transition pathway, which faces unique challenges but offers plenty of opportunities for increased competitiveness and resilience. 

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
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North Macedonia’s energy regulator joins ACER’s electricity working group

on 23 November 2021

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) admitted the Energy and Water Services Commission of North Macedonia (ERC) to join its Electricity Working Group as observer. ERC is the second Contracting Party regulator to achieve this status following a positive assessment by the Energy Community Secretariat of the country’s compliance with Third Package requirements in the electricity sector and regulatory independence as well its environmental, competition, climate and renewables performance.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Secretariat welcomes unbundling of Albania’s distribution system operator

Electricity
on 22 November 2021

Today, the Secretariat published a compliance note assessing the compliance of the Albanian distribution system operator (DSO) with the unbundling requirements of the Electricity Directive 2009/72/EC.

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  • Albania Albania
2021 Albania d381a47cefbc4bdb95e0717d8ab8aedc Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 22.11.2021

Mediator’s concluding report on Namakhvani HPP in Georgia

Renewable energy
on 19 November 2021

Today, the Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre published the concluding report on the mediation in a dispute concerning the Namakhvani hydropower plant project in Georgia. Parties to the mediation were the government as well as a number of civil society organizations and local campaigners. The mediation lasted for six months, as scheduled. It resulted in a number of agreements and follow-up actions summarized in the report. At the end of September, the project developer, who chose not to participate in the mediation, had unilaterally terminated the project contract.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Secretariat initiates dispute settlement procedure against Moldova for lack of unbundling of gas TSO Moldovatransgaz

on 18 November 2021

Today, the Secretariat submitted an Opening Letter to Moldova to address its failure to comply with the provisions on unbundling and certification of its gas transmission system operator (TSO) Moldovatransgaz. In the Opening Letter, the Secretariat preliminarily concludes that the TSO is not unbundled according to the requirements of the chosen Independent Transmission Operator (ITO) model. 

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  • Moldova Moldova
2021 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d Legal 28c48d8357ce493491bb3aa3d1b0a6c3 18.11.2021

Advisory Committee confirms Secretariat’s assessment in case concerning the Tuzla 7 coal TPP project

on 18 November 2021

On Monday, the Advisory Committee rendered its opinion in Case ECS-10/18 against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The case concerns a public guarantee granted by the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in favour of the Export-Import Bank of China for a loan by the latter to the public utility Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. Sarajevo for the Tuzla 7 project. This guarantee has been found by the State Aid Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina not to contain elements of State aid. The Advisory Committee has confirmed the Secretariat’s argumentation that the State Aid Council’s decision does not comply with the State aid acquis and that the public guarantee constitutes State aid. 

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina 628e660bd2ca4fe69d5284f76e843da8 State Aid a0d6f1e6ac0349e0a5849379911c3a5b Competition 94cf5098c10c474097dbba42b63e046f Electricity f6dcb63464bd41e1a324ac2df5a879a7 18.11.2021

State aid authority of Serbia approves renewables support scheme

on 17 November 2021

On 4 November 2021, the Serbian Commission for State Aid Control rendered its decision regarding decrees in the framework of the support scheme for renewable energy, in particular the decree on the market premium and feed-in tariff, the decree on quotas and the model contract for market premium. It found that these measures contain elements of State aid which were however compatible and therefore were approved by the Commission.

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  • Serbia Serbia
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EU4Energy continues to support Moldova and Ukraine to improve cross-border electricity trade

on 17 November 2021

Today, the main stakeholders from Moldova and Ukraine discussed draft Recommendations related to cross-border capacity allocation between these two Energy Community Contracting Parties, developed under the EU4Energy Governance project. Participants to the workshop included representatives of the national regulatory authorities (ANRE and NEURC), transmission system operators (Moldelectrica and Ukrenergo), Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Moldova, the EU Delegation to Moldova and Energy Community experts. 

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Annual Implementation Report 2021: Modest reform gains as Energy Community embarks on the energy transition

on 15 November 2021

The Energy Community Secretariat’s Report published today reveals that the Energy Community Contracting Parties have made progress in reforming their energy and climate sectors. In fact, the average implementation score increased from 53% to 56% in the reporting period. However, the overall pace of reform slows down. It was only half that of the previous reporting period.

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Energy Community Secretariat and International Finance Corporation team up to facilitate variable renewable energy integration

on 12 November 2021

The Energy Community Contracting Parties are adopting ambitious plans to increase the share of variable renewable energy sources in their power systems. In order to minimize costs and maximize benefits, it is important to understand the impact of such changes on the electricity grid, its influence on grid connection and to adopt optimal solutions to facilitate the power system transition.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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EU4Energy supports Georgia in developing security of natural gas supply rules 

on 11 November 2021

Last week, the EU4Energy Governance team at the Energy Community Secretariat and Georgian stakeholders from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Georgian Gas Transportation Company LLC, JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) held a meeting to finalise the draft Rules for Security of Natural Gas Supply. 

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  • Georgia Georgia
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ACER and Energy Community Secretariat call for regional action to improve access to gas transmission capacity at EU-Energy Community borders and within the Energy Community

Gas
on 10 November 2021

Over the years, market players have raised numerous issues with access to gas transmission capacity at the borders between the European Union (EU) and the Energy Community, as well as within the Energy Community itself. As a consequence, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Energy Community Secretariat jointly held a public consultation to investigate how the market assesses access to capacity in the region, receiving 15 responses. As a follow up of the analysis, ACER and the Secretariat publish today a joint summary note of the responses.

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Energy Community Secretariat contributes to climate policy discussions at COP26

on 9 November 2021

The Energy Community Secretariat, an Observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), participated at the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

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Popular Monthly Methane Mondays webinar series draws to a close

Gas
on 8 November 2021

Today, the concluding “Methane Monday” on the future direction of EU methane policy wrapped up the successful webinar series. The closing webinar provided perspectives from the European Commission, European Parliament, UN Environment Programme (UNDP), Florence School of Regulation and the Energy Community on the future policy direction to be taken following the EU’s methane emissions strategy published one year ago and the establishment of the International Methane Emissions Observatory and the launch of the Global Methane Pledge.

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Energy Community Contracting Parties complete the 2020 pan-European electricity market monitoring report

on 4 November 2021

For the first time, the Energy Community Contracting Parties are included in the Electricity Wholesale Market Volume of the annual Market Monitoring Report published by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) today.

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Secretariat holds roundtable on the future of hydrogen in Ukraine

Gas
on 29 October 2021

This week, the Energy Community Secretariat, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, organised a strategic stakeholder meeting on the future of hydrogen in Ukraine. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
2021 Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 Gas 9fd2ea603c6542d1be83867e9681f33d 29.10.2021

Secretariat welcomes new biomass-based cogeneration plant in Gjakova, Kosovo*

on 25 October 2021

On 22 October 2021, a newly built cogeneration plant, based on sustainable biomass from wood waste and vine prunings, started its operations in Gjakova, Kosovo*.

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  • Kosovo Kosovo
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High-level Moldovan delegation visits Secretariat

on 22 October 2021

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat received a high-level delegation from Moldova. The delegation consisted of the Minister of Economy of Moldova Sergiu Gaibu, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economy, Budget and Finance in the Parliament of Moldova Radu Marian, Economic Counsellor of the President Veaceslav Negruta and First Secretary at the Embassy of Moldova Inetta Panurco. The delegation was welcomed by Deputy Director Dirk Buschle, Smaranda Miron, Peter Pozsgai and Barbora Poyner.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopts Energy Efficiency Law

Energy efficiency
on 21 October 2021

The Energy Community Secretariat welcomes today’s adoption of the Law on Energy Efficiency, which aims to transpose the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Secretariat joins DSO Ready for Hydrogen initiative

Gas
on 20 October 2021

The Energy Community Secretariat joined the Ready for Hydrogen (Ready4H2) initiative powered by distribution system operators (DSOs) from 13 European countries. Launched today, the initiative aims to combine the expertise and experiences of DSOs to create a common understanding of how distribution networks can help facilitate hydrogen injection for producers and access to hydrogen for consumers.   

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Secretariat welcomes start of implementation of day-ahead market in Montenegro

Electricity
on 20 October 2021

The Secretariat welcomes the start of the implementation of a day-ahead market in Montenegro. BELEN, the power exchange company of Montenegro responsible for the establishment of a national day-ahead market, signed today a Service Agreement with European Power Exchange EPEX SPOT and Slovenian BSP for setting up a day-ahead power market in Montenegro.

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  • Montenegro Montenegro
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Georgia takes key step to establish gas exchange

Gas
on 15 October 2021

This week, the first working meeting took place within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in July 2021 between the representatives of the Energy Community Secretariat, EBRD, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) and Georgian Gas Transportation Company LLC (GGTC) regarding cooperation on the liberalization and digitalization of commodities markets.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Gap analysis of legislation on cross-border capacity allocation between Moldova and Ukraine discussed with stakeholders

EU4ENERGY
on 14 October 2021

On 13 October, the EU4Energy Governance workshop discussed the first draft of the gap analysis of the legislation related to the cross-border capacity allocation between Ukraine and Moldova, developed under the EU4Energy project. The document will further become a basis for Recommendations on establishment of the joint capacity allocation process between Moldova and Ukraine, including arrangements of transmission system operators related to the joint capacity allocation process.

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  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
2021 Moldova 4b9ba9835b2443f68be60fc7d131483f Ukraine c32dc2e2d50f4ec4a91f24f762065ad5 EU4ENERGY 2f8bce8770c34a32b0ca39822aa48b8f 14.10.2021

Energy Community Oil Forum explores role of oil in the green energy transition

Oil
on 13 October 2021

The 13th Energy Community Oil Forum was opened on behalf of the Government of Serbia by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Zoran Lakicevic. The State Secretary in his welcome address underlined the importance of working on decarbonisation and implementing all elements of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans in order to ensure security of energy supply.   

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Launch of the Western Balkans Coal Regions in Transition Public Perception Survey

Climate
on 13 October 2021

The World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice, together with the Energy Community Secretariat, launched on 11 October the Western Balkans Coal Regions in Transition Public Perception Survey, to be conducted across the coal regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The objective of the survey is to understand awareness, perspectives and expectations of citizens living in these coal regions related to the concept of Just Transition.

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Decarbonisation of district heating in the spotlight

on 12 October 2021

Today, the Secretariat launched a Discussion Paper on how the heating and cooling sector can contribute to decarbonisation in the Energy Community. The Paper provides insights into different policy options to support the development of heating and cooling and district heating sectors, based on the assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans of seven EU Member States. The focus is placed on possible regulatory and financial solutions for the integration of renewable energy in the heating and cooling sector.

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Future-proofing the Ukrainian renewables sector 

Renewable energy
on 11 October 2021

At a meeting between the Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko and the industry associations moderated by the Secretariat last Friday, the parties to the 2020 Memorandum of Understanding agreed to work closely together with the objective to further reform the renewable energy sector in Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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ACER Administrative Board and Energy Community Secretariat discuss cooperation

on 7 October 2021

The ACER Administrative Board and the Energy Community Secretariat held a joint meeting in Vienna on 7 October. The meeting took place back-to-back to the 50th meeting of the ACER Administrative Board.

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Ukraine’s regulator submits new preliminary decision on certification of electricity transmission operator to the Secretariat

on 4 October 2021

On Friday, 1 October 2021, the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission of Ukraine (NEURC) adopted a new Preliminary Decision on certification of the Ukrainian Transmission System Operator for electricity – Joint Stock Company National Power Company Ukrenergo, and invalidated the Preliminary Decision adopted on 2 June 2021. NEURC preliminarily certified Ukrenergo under the independent system operator (ISO) model of unbundling. 

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Director Kopač meets with Moldova’s key energy institutional stakeholders

on 1 October 2021

During a working visit to Chisinau, Director Kopač met with Moldova’s new political leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development Andrei Spînu and State Secretary for Energy Constantin Borosan. He also visited the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, where he was received by the new Chairman of the Committee on Economy, Budget and Finance, Dumitru Alaiba. In addition, he met with the board members of the Moldovan National Energy Regulatory Agency (ANRE).

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  • Moldova Moldova
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Secretariat summarizes EU Taxonomy rules related to investments in energy and buildings ahead of workshop

on 27 September 2021

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published a Summary Paper with an overview of sustainable investment criteria under the new EU taxonomy in relation to energy and buildings. The Secretariat hopes to raise awareness of governments, financial institutions, project developers and private companies for sustainable investments.

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A single regulatory framework governing EU-Contracting Party interconnection points key to remedy insufficient market integration, highlights Energy Community Gas Forum 2021

Gas
on 23 September 2021

Taking place on 22-23 September, the Energy Community Gas Forum returned to an in-person event, with more than 150 participants joining physically or online. Participants debated the energy sectors in transition and the decarbonisation process, which is changing economies and societies within the Energy Community.

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Živinice joins the Clean Air Regions Initiative

Environment
on 22 September 2021

The municipality of Živinice (Bosnia and Herzegovina) signed the declaration on the Clean Air Regions Initiative, raising the number of participants to ten.

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Transgaz, Balkan Gas Hub, Desfa and Henex sign SEEGAS memorandum

Gas
on 20 September 2021

Key regional stakeholders joined SEEGAS, the initiative for trans-regional cooperation on the development of an integrated South-Eastern and Eastern European gas market, on the occasion of the first Steering Committee meeting on 16 and 17 September in Vienna. The gas transmission system operators, Transgaz of Romania and Desfa of Greece, the Balkan Gas Hub of Bulgaria and the Hellenic Energy Exchange have signed the SEEGAS Memorandum of Understanding. 

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EU4Energy to support Georgia in the development of rules for the issuance of certificates of origin of electricity generated from renewable sources

on 17 September 2021

On 17 September, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) and JSC Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) kicked off EU4Energy Governance technical assistance aimed at the preparation of rules for the issuance of certificates of origin of electricity generated from renewable sources in line with Directive 2009/28/EU and best European practices.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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First draft of Security of Natural Gas Supply Rules discussed with stakeholders

EU4ENERGY
on 15 September 2021

Today’s EU4Energy Governance workshop gathered representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Georgian Gas Transportation Company LLC, JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission and Energy Community experts to discuss the first draft of the Rules on the Security of Natural Gas Supply developed under the Project.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Director meets with Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev

on 14 September 2021

On 13 September, Director Janez Kopač met with the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. Director Kopač and Prime Minister Zaev discussed pending energy sector reforms, the gas interconnector with Greece, the introduction of carbon pricing and challenges of the energy transition. The Secretariat committed to support the energy transition in North Macedonia and help to ensure that it is just for everyone. 

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Energy Community Secretariat receives EMAS certification

on 13 September 2021

On 7 September, the Secretariat was accepted to the Austrian registry of organisations implementing an Environmental Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). The certification marks the completion of a 1 ½ year-long project.

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Western Balkan municipalities kick off the development of Local Air Quality Plans under the Clean Air Regions Initiative

Environment
on 10 September 2021

After launching the Clean Air Regions Initiative (CARI) at the Just Transition Forum on 30 June 2021, representatives of the participating municipalities have come together for the first two-day workshop to kick off work on developing ambitious local air quality policies and measures in line with the aims of the CARI declaration. 

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EU4Energy launches project to review the Law on Energy Efficiency in Moldova

on 9 September 2021

The EU4Energy Governance project launched activities to support Moldova in elaborating energy efficiency legislation in accordance with the EU best practice.

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  • Moldova Moldova
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EU4Energy to support development of minimum internal operational rules and natural gas network security obligations for Georgia

on 8 September 2021

On 8 September, Energy Community experts in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Georgian Gas Transportation Company LLC (GGTC), JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission kicked off EU4Energy technical assistance aimed at development of minimum internal operational rules and obligations on natural gas network security in line with best European practices.

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Tender launched to support development of regional system for guarantees of origin in the Energy Community

Renewable energy
on 7 September 2021

The Secretariat is seeking consultants to support a number of interested Contracting Parties, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Moldova, Ukraine and potentially Montenegro to put in place an electronic system to manage the issuance, transfer and cancellation of guarantees of origin in line with the relevant EU legislation. The system shall be designed on a regional level, whilst allowing each Contracting Party to have its own national registry.

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Agreement between Makpetrol and North Macedonia concerning the gas system operator fully implemented

Gas
on 30 August 2021

On 27 August 2021, the Agreement settlement signed between Makpetrol AD Skopje and the Republic of North Macedonia resolving the dispute concerning their respective shares in the gas TSO GA-MA has finally been implemented. The dispute has been blocking the gas sector development in North Macedonia for the past 22 years.

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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Energy Community Summer School helps its participants in shaping the energy transition  

on 23 August 2021

The fifth edition of the Energy Community Summer School kicked off on 21 August at the premises of the Energy Community in Vienna. Taught over the course of one week at Vienna University, the Summer School will help empowering a new generation of energy and climate professionals to engage in the energy sectors in transition. Joining the group of forty postgraduate students and young professionals, five journalists from the region will receive a specialized training on energy journalism organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

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Energy Community publishes updated Transparency Platform

Infrastructure
on 20 August 2021

The Energy Community Secretariat, in line with the requirements of the Regulation 347/2013, has created and updates regularly the Energy Community PLIMA Infrastructure Transparency Platform. The Platform includes all Projects of Energy Community (PECI) and Projects of Mutual Interest (PMI) technical details and current implementation status.

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North Macedonia proceeds with public tenders for renewables support

Renewable energy
on 4 August 2021

Renewable energy auctions keep gaining ground in the Energy Community. North Macedonia announced a public call to support individual solar PV plants with total installed capacity of 80 MW. Bidders are invited to apply for a premium with projects on private land or public land for which the right of use has been established.  

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  • North Macedonia North Macedonia
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The EU4Energy Governance Project Phase II identifies activities for the next two years

on 3 August 2021

The European Commission approved Work Programmes for three Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries - Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, which will be implemented in the framework of the EU4Energy Governance project.

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  • Georgia Georgia
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Exchange programme for coal regions to share experiences with implementing just transition to clean energy

on 29 July 2021

Coal regions in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and the EU are invited to join an exchange programme to accelerate just local energy transitions. The programme is an opportunity for regions to start direct, one-to-one dialogues, connect with different stakeholders, learn from each other, and transfer knowledge.  The exchange programme is part of the Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine, managed by the European Commission in cooperation with the Energy Community, the World Bank, EBRD, EIB, Poland’s National Fund for Environment Protection and Water Management and the College of Europe in Natolin.

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Advisory Committee follows Secretariat’s assessment in Case ECS-3/21 against Montenegro and Case ECS-4/21 against Ukraine

on 23 July 2021

On 20 July 2021, the Advisory Committee rendered its opinions in Case ECS-3/21 against Montenegro and Case ECS-4/21 against Ukraine, upholding the Reasoned Requests submitted by the Energy Community Secretariat to the Ministerial Council for its decision.

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  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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The Namakhvani HPP dispute in Georgia – an update by the mediator 

on 22 July 2021

The dispute between public institutions of Georgia and a number of NGOs and local protesters opposing the hydropower project on the Rioni river in Western Georgia needed a channel for direct discussions and work towards solutions. The mediation provides that channel. After a first session on 12 June 2021 in Natakhrari outside Tbilisi, the parties have been jointly working on the implementation and prepare the move to the next stage of the mediation.  

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  • Georgia Georgia
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Energy Community Secretariat supports trans-regional cooperation on development of integrated SEEGAS market

Gas
on 21 July 2021

On 21 July 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding about trans-regional cooperation on the development of an integrated South-Eastern and Eastern European gas (SEEGAS) market was signed by the Energy Community Secretariat, energy exchanges and trading service providers BRM, UEEX, TGE, CEEGEX and ECG and transmission system operators Moldovatransgaz, GTSOU, FGSZ and GAZ-SYSTEM. The signatories aim to cooperate on the development of cross-border natural gas trading, e.g. on exchange platforms, and introduce transparent and competitive interregional market-based pricing mechanisms and efficient cross-border gas transmission and interoperability.

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Secretariat publishes opinion on certification of Moldovan gas transmission system operator Vestmoldtransgaz under Third Energy Package

on 19 July 2021

Today, the Energy Community Secretariat published its Opinion 2/21 on the certification of the Moldovan gas transmission system operator Vestmoldtransgaz under the Third Energy Package. Before its commercial operation date (envisaged for 1 October 2021), Vestmoldtransgaz is not yet performing actual transmission services, but fulfills other important tasks of a transmission system operator. The Opinion largely supports the certification of Vestmoldtransgaz in line with the Moldovan regulatory authority’s (ANRE) Preliminary Decision. 

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  • Moldova Moldova
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First volume of Market Monitoring Report 2020 reveals gas reforms implemented in Ukraine deliver improved market functioning, other Contracting Parties lagging behind

Gas
on 14 July 2021

The Gas Wholesale Market Volume of the Annual Monitoring Report 2020 was released today by the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). Once again, the report covers gas market developments in the Energy Community Contracting Parties based on data provided by the Contracting Parties’ national regulatory authorities. The other two volumes, namely, electricity wholesale and retail and customer protection, will be released later this year. 

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Secretariat opens dispute settlement procedure against Serbia concerning environmental impact assessment for the Drmno coal mine

Environment
on 9 July 2021

Today, the Secretariat sent an Opening Letter to Serbia addressing the failure to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the extension of the Drmno coal mine in the Kostolac basin in 2013.

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  • Serbia Serbia
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EU Supports the Clean Energy Transition in Eastern Partnership Countries

on 8 July 2021

The European Commission and its partners, the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), the Energy Community Secretariat (EnCS) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), are working to foster the low carbon and clean energy transition in the six Eastern partnership countries through evidence-based energy policy design.

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  • Georgia Georgia
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Ukraine Ukraine
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LLC Ukrainian Energy Exchange becomes first licensed commodity exchange in Ukraine

Gas
on 5 July 2021

On 1 July 2021, the law on commodity exchanges introducing rules to regulate activities of the exchange market and establishing the basic requirements for such activities entered into force in Ukraine, replacing an outdated law from 1991.  Based on this law, the National Securities and Stock Market Commission, the regulator in charge of exchange trading, issued the first license for the organization of commodity products trading and clearing activities to LLC Ukrainian Energy Exchange.

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  • Ukraine Ukraine
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Western Balkans mayors commit to tackle air quality challenges with support of Energy Community Secretariat and Western Balkans Green Center

Environment
on 1 July 2021

On the occasion of the Energy Community Just Transition Forum on 30 June, nine Western Balkan municipalities came together virtually to sign a declaration launching the Clean Air Regions Initiative (CARI). By signing the declaration, mayors of the nine participating municipalities committed to undertake voluntary measures aimed to reduce air pollution in their municipalities. CARI is an initiative launched by the Vienna-based Energy Community Secretariat and supported by the Hungarian Western Balkans Green Center (WBGC). 

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Energy transition must be socially just and inclusive underlines first Energy Community Just Transition Forum