On 16 April in Neum, Ambassadors of the United States of America, United Kingdom and Germany, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation and Director of the Energy Community Secretariat held a meeting with Prime Ministers of both entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Radovan Višković and Mr Fadil Novalić, and the state Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Mr Mirko Šarović, to discuss the state of energy sector reforms.
The parties agreed that within three months of the meeting the representatives of the State and Entity ministries shall, with the support of the international community, USAID’s technical assistance and the Energy Community Secretariat, harmonize their positions and support the adoption of the State Law on Electricity and Gas. They acknowledged the need to undertake the necessary steps to reconcile the differences between the two entities and support the adoption of the Law on state level. It was agreed that once the State law sets the legal framework, entity level laws will be adopted and amended in order to ensure the overall harmonization and compliance with the Energy Community acquis. It was also underlined that the full unbundling of energy utilities must promptly follow.
Furthermore, it was stressed that the existing renewable energy support schemes must be reformed and fixed feed-in tariffs removed in order to further increase the share of renewables in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s energy mix in a financially sustainable manner. The respective parties also agreed to amend the entity laws on energy efficiency to implement the obligation schemes and other country’s obligations under the Energy Efficiency Directive.