updated: 22 Jun 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, 4th edition


In putting the applicable Energy Community legal framework under one cover, this fourth edition provides a working tool for all stakeholders involved in the process of consolidating and developing the Energy Community.


In contrast to the third edition, this fourth edition puts the Second Energy Package behind and displays the Third Energy Package (implementation deadline 1 January 2015) only. It moreover constitutes a proof of the ‘greening’ of the Energy Community – both in the importance and scope of renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental acquis. The Contracting Parties implement today the core energy efficiency acquis and have the same level of ambition as their EU counterparts. So far the environmental acquis was limited to improving the situation in relation to network energy (Article 2 of the Treaty). A paradigm shift followed in 2016, when the Ministerial Council took the first steps towards integrating climate issues in the context of the Energy Community.





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.