The Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Mr Janez Kopač, has kicked off his annual tour of Parliaments and Ministries of the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The objective of the visits is to raise awareness of the state of implementation of the Energy Community Treaty in each Contracting Party and to discuss open issues in terms of acquis implementation and how they could be overcome. Mr Kopač also highlighted the changes the energy sectors had to undergo in order to move towards a low carbon energy system.
Starting his tour in Serbia on 7 February, Mr Kopač addressed the Committee on the Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy of the Serbian Parliament. The public session was attended by the Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia, Aleksandar Antić, as well as the Heads of the Serbian regulatory authority (AERS) and gas incumbent Srbijagas. Mr Kopač underlined that while Serbia’s transposition record was well advanced, a number of open implementation issues required urgent attention, in particular the energy dispute between the transmission system operators of Serbia and Kosovo* and lack of unbundling in the gas sector.
On 12 February, Mr Kopač met with the key representatives of the Committee for Economic Development, Infrastructure, Trade and Industry of the Assembly of Kosovo*, followed by a meeting with the Minister of Economic Development, Valdrin Lluka. The key issue discussed was the consequences of the construction of the coal-fired power plant Kosovo e Re, which if built will have to comply with the more stringent requirements of the Industrial Emissions Directive.
Today, Mr Kopač outlined the state of acquis implementation in the Committee on Economy in the Parliament of North Macedonia. Mr Kopač welcomed the huge leap the country has made with the adoption of the Energy Law, transposing the Third Energy Package in electricity and gas. The remaining secondary legal acts should be adopted as soon as possible. The country must also remove any potential obstacles to the electricity market coupling with Bulgaria. Mr Kopač also held a working meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Kocho Angjushev.
Mr Kopač will visit Montenegro on 21 February, where he will also be a speaker at the Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transition in the Western Balkans, and Albania in March. He will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine later in the year.