Athens Forum calls on all stakeholders to establish day ahead markets by mid-2019

8 June 2018

Yesterday’s Electricity Forum, the biggest annual conference gathering electricity sector stakeholders from the Energy Community Region and beyond, took place in Athens. The Forum discussed the next steps needed to advance regional electricity wholesale market integration and the challenges ahead. The Forum invited all stakeholders to finalise the establishment of organised day-ahead markets by mid-2019 as a pre-requisite for market coupling.

The Forum underlined the need for a legally binding solution regarding the application of network codes on interconnections between EU Member States and Contracting Parties. The Forum highlighted that the reform of the Energy Community Treaty is an indispensable pre-requisite for the successful integration with neighbouring EU markets.

The Secretariat’s Director, Mr Kopač, said: “I have to commend the Contracting Parties on the progress made in the past year. However, pan-European market integration cannot be completed without legal certainty on the borders between Contracting Parties and EU Member States.”  

The Forum also discussed new innovation-related challenges and recognised the growing importance of cyber security in the context of continuous smart grid development.