Today, the Secretariat published its WB6 electricity monitoring report. The report concludes that progress in the implementation of the WB6 measures at the national level was very modest during this reporting period. A number of critical reforms was postponed once again.
In a number of cases, WB6 parties failed to finalise activities in line with the deadlines and commitments, in particular with regard to the implementation of cross-cutting measures, such as unbundling of system operators, independence of the national regulatory authorities and the implementation of the Trans-European Network Regulation. In addition, the regulation of supply prices for households and small customers was prolonged in majority of the WB6 parties. This trend is detrimental to the development of competition in the market, in particular having in mind that prices are regulated at a level that does not provide an incentive to alternative suppliers to enter the market.
The only WB6 party which achieved progress in this reporting period is former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The country’s electricity market operator (MEMO) was spun out of the transmission system operator in line with the Energy Law and is in the process of obtaining a license before starting operation. Furthermore, the project for market coupling of Bulgaria and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (BG-MK) moved forward. A detailed roadmap for BG-MK market coupling was adopted and a non-disclosure agreement is expected to be signed by the end of November 2018. According to the roadmap, the launch of the Macedonian day-ahead market is scheduled for the end of November 2019, while the go-live of BG-MK market coupling will follow in January 2020.
Progress towards the entry into force of the Connection Agreement between KOSTT and ENTSO-E was noted in the reporting period. The company Elekrosever, a subsidiary of the Electric Power Utility of Serbia, was registered as the power supply company in the Kosovo Business Registration Agency in November 2018. Licensing of this company is a precondition for the entry into force of the Connection Agreement.
The Western Balkan 6 Electricity Monitoring Report is a deliverable under the project “Technical Assistance to Connectivity in the Western Balkans - Component 2: Regional Energy Market”, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Energy Community Secretariat.