The Fora embody the broadest discussion platform within the Energy Community, where ongoing and future legal, regulatory and practical developments of the Energy Community are discussed. The Fora serve to advise other Energy Community institutions.
The Fora bring together all relevant stakeholders, including industry, regulators, industry representative groups, donors, academia and consumer interest groups. Whilst chaired by a representative of the European Union, the Fora adopt conclusions by consensus and forward them to the attention of the Permanent High Level Group.
The establishment of the Energy Community Fora reflects the development of the Energy Community. The first Electricity Forum convened in 2002 - well before the signing of the Treaty. The Treaty makes an explicit reference to Electricity Forum and calls for the establishment of a Gas Forum. Whilst the activities of the Social Forum build on 2007 Ministerial Council conclusions, the Oil Forum was established by a Ministerial Council Decision in 2008.