Secretariat continues dispute settlement procedures against Albania for lack of unbundling of electricity distribution operators

21 June 2019

The Energy Community Secretariat continues the ex officio preliminary dispute settlement procedures opened against Albania in January 2018 for the lack of on effective unbundling of the country’s electricity distribution system operator, OShEE.  Albania was not able to remedy the arguments raised in the Secretariat’s Opening Letter as regards the failure to comply with its obligations under the Energy Community Treaty: the country has not correctly transposed the requirements for unbundling of electricity distribution system operators into national legislation and has not taken measures to effectively implement legal and functional unbundling of OShEE.  In the view of the Secretariat the accomplished registration of separate legal entities responsible for distribution and supply in Albania, still does not sufficiently put in place effective operation of de facto unbundled companies. Only when separated from other segments of the energy supply chain can distribution system operators act independently and consumers benefit from greater choice of electricity supply companies, which in turn offer improved services at a fair price.

Interested parties may be granted access to the case file and may submit written observations on the present case. All requests for information should be addressed to the Deputy Director/Legal Counsel, Dr Dirk Buschle, at dirk.buschle@energy-community.org or +43 1 535 2222 24 and should make reference to the relevant case number.