updated: 26 Apr 2017



The Treaty establishing the Energy Communty created a set of common institutions and a legal framework within which these institutions operate. It also defined the rights and obligations of the Parties to the Treaty. In the following, the legal framework established by and under the Treaty will be described.


Energy Community Legal Framework, 3rd edition

 Energy Community Legal Framework, 3rd edition

For the sake of best possible overview, the Secretariat compiles the prevailing Energy Community legal framework under one cover. The publication consists of three parts. Whilst Part I replicates the Treaty establishing the Energy Community, Part II lists the complete Energy Community acquis communautaire in force. Part III displays key Energy Community secondary legislation.

Published in Aug 2013, the edition has been compiled for reference purposes only and is not authentic. The parts on electricity and gas legislation now consolidate the amendments resulting from the adoption of the Third Package and the respective Ministerial Council decision adapting it. The text of the new Renewable Energy Directive also incorporates the adaptations made by the Ministerial Council decision.


The Secretariat is presently working on a new, revised 4th edition, due to be published summer 2016.






Energy Community Legal Framework, special edition on energy efficiency

Energy Community Legal Framework, special edition on energy efficiency

Similar to the third edition, this special edition on energy efficiency consists of the legal acts in force (Part I) and the relevant Energy Community Ministerial Council decisions and procedural acts (Part II) amending the original EU acquis. Published in Jun 2016, the edition additionally displays all implementing directives and delegated regulations on energy labelling (Part I). 


It is important to note that the consolidated versions of the legislation have been compiled in this volume by the editor for the sake of convenience only. In any circumstance, the versions adopted by the legislature of the European Union and the Energy Community and published in the Official Journal or on the Energy Community website respectively shall prevail.






The section begins with the reproduction of the Treaty and its four Annexes. The recent High Reflection Group Report is the starting point for the discussion about the Treaty and its possible reforms.  The  Energy Community acquis, in return, lists the legal acts in force that the Parties to the Treaty are to implement. The section also displays decisions,  procedural acts and opinions enacted so far by the diverse Energy Community institutional organs.