The Energy Community Secretariat reaffirmed its dedication to assisting Moldova in its ongoing efforts to reform the energy sector. This commitment was emphasized during a meeting between Director Artur Lorkowski and the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Victor Parlicov, held on the sidelines of the 4th MD-EU High-Level Energy Dialogue.
The meeting brought together various representatives from the Moldovan delegation, including officials from ANRE (National Energy Regulatory Agency), the Energy Efficiency Agency, Energocom, and Moldelectrica, as well as members of the Moldovan Parliament. The primary focus of the discussions was centered on the reform of Moldova's electricity and gas markets, their development, and their eventual integration into the European Union's energy markets.
Both parties acknowledged the positive opinion issued by the Secretariat on Moldelectrica's certification as an electricity Transmission System Operator (TSO) on May 12. This certification highlights the determination of Chisinau authorities to move forward with the implementation of the Third Energy Package.
“We are hopeful that Moldova will demonstrate similar success in resolving the challenges related to the unbundling and certification of the gas TSO, which should be our top priority at present. The Secretariat has not only provided the necessary legal prerequisites for the reform but is also prepared to actively support the implementation of these measures in the coming months, in close cooperation with the Regulator," stated Director Lorkowski.
Minister Parlicov expressed gratitude to the Secretariat for the invaluable assistance provided to the Ministry and the entire country. This support was recently evident in the adoption of an amendment to the Law on energy efficiency and the issuance of a Positive Opinion on the electricity TSO certification.
"The open and constructive dialogue between our institutions, which has reached a new level of communication in recent times, gives me hope that our future accomplishments will be even greater. The efforts invested in aligning our national Law on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources with the RED II directive, which is expected to pave the way for the first round of renewable tenders, serve as proof of the excellent relationship we are proud of," added Minister Parlicov.
The Energy Community Secretariat remains committed to working closely with Moldova to promote sustainable energy reforms, enhance energy security, and support the country's aspirations for closer integration with the European energy market.