On Monday, a delegation of the Energy Community Secretariat, headed by Director Kopač, met with the newly appointed Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Kobulia, and his team to discuss the ongoing pace of energy reforms in Georgia. The key focus of the discussions was the state of the draft laws on energy, renewables, energy efficiency and energy performance of building, co-designed with the Secretariat.
At the meeting, Director Kopač welcomed Georgia’s reaffirmed commitment and promise to accelerate the pace of reforms in order to meet its obligations under the accession protocol to the Energy Community Treaty, which will become increasingly difficult given the upcoming deadlines.
On the same day, the Director travelled to Yerevan, where he met the new Armenian Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, Artur Grigoryan. The meeting focussed on the identification of key regional energy infrastructure projects, supported by the EU4Energy Governance Project managed by the Secretariat. Closer cooperation in several other areas was also discussed, including the possibility of the Secretariat providing technical assistance in order to align Armenia’s electricity market cross-border trade rules with those of the Third Energy Package.
Armenia is an Observer to the Energy Community Treaty since 2011.
Tbilisi & Yerevan, 17 September 2018
Handshake with Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Kobulia
Meeting with Armenian Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, Artur Grigoryan