Impact of current events in Ukraine on gas supply and transit discussed in Security of Gas Supply Subgroup
The Energy Community Security of Supply Gas Subgroup was informed about the security of supply situation in the Energy Community at its meeting on 26 February in Vienna. All Energy Community Contracting Parties, Georgia (currently negotiating to be a full member) and several EU Member States actively contributed to the discussion. Naftogaz of Ukraine presented the gas supply outlook for Ukraine in 2015 and emphasised that it would honour its international obligations regarding transit.
Secretariat seeks consultants to conduct study on gas market integration
Today the Secretariat launched a tender for a study on gas market integration. The objective of the study is to assist the Contracting Parties in establishing well-functioning regional wholesale natural gas markets in SEE / CEE. It is to push thereby the Parties' integration into the EU internal gas market. The study is to result in a market model for SEE / CEE gas market integration in line with the requirements of the Third Energy Package, relevant Network Codes and GTM II. Also, an action plan on the implementation of the market model is a planned outcome of the study.
Director Kopač: Bosnia and Herzegovina must adopt gas law with state level competences
Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 25 February, Mr Kopač presented the current activities of the Energy Community, focusing on the state of implementation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s obligations under the Energy Community Treaty. “The most urgent issue in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the adoption of a Third Energy Package gas law, which envisages competences of authorities on state level”, Mr Kopač stressed. “This is important not just to close the ongoing dispute settlement procedure, but most importantly to ensure the proper development of the gas sector, which will work to the benefit of energy consumers”.
Energy Union to encompass a strengthened Energy Community
The European Commission has declared that a strengthened Energy Community will be part of the future “Energy Union”. In its Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union published today, the European Commission stated it “will propose to strengthen the Energy Community, ensuring effective implementation of the EU's energy, environment and competition acquis, energy market reforms and incentivising investments in the energy sector.” Closer integration of the EU and Energy Community energy markets is the underlying goal. The Commission also announced it would introduce common energy crisis management through preventive and emergency plans at regional and EU level, including the Energy Community Contracting Parties.
Secretariat requests Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia to adopt National Renewable Energy Action Plans without delay
Today the Energy Community Secretariat once more formally requested Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to adopt and submit to the Secretariat their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). This is one of the key requirements of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources adopted by the Energy Community Ministerial Council in 2012. If the countries concerned do not notify measures to ensure full compliance with this obligation within two months, the Secretariat may submit the concerned cases to the Ministerial Council for a decision on the Contracting Parties’ breach of Energy Community Law.