Moldova-Ukraine electricity market integration moves ahead

Eu4Energy News
EU4ENERGY
14 June 2019

A second series of High Level Policy Talks dedicated to electricity market integration between Ukraine and Moldova took place on 14 June in Odessa. Bringing together stakeholders from both countries, representatives of the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat, the event identified the remaining challenges for market integration between the two neighbouring Contracting Parties and agreed on the way ahead.  

The opening discussions focused on the latest state of play of national market reforms in Moldova and Ukraine needed to ensure a smooth transition to a system of joint cross-border capacity allocation and further regional electricity market integration.

Inter-transmission system operator (TSO) cooperation was in the spotlight, focusing on cross-border capacity calculation and joint allocation rules, a joint mechanism for compensation of unintended deviations and cross-border balancing rules harmonized with the Energy Community acquis. Close cooperation between transmission system operators and national regulatory authorities of both countries is crucial in designing and implementing the inter-TSO arrangements.

This is a first step towards implementation of more efficient and competitive mechanisms for cross-border trading and balancing.    

The event was organised in the framework of the EU4Energy Governance Programme. EU4Energy provided technical assistance to both countries in reforming their national electricity markets and applying cross-border mechanisms that allow access to cross-border capacity on a non-discriminatory and competitive basis. 

* The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.