Energy Community JODI training workshop to improve energy statistics collection
The Secretariat hosted a three-day regional training workshop on the Joint Organisation Data Initiative (JODI) which was particularly tailored to the Energy Community. The workshop was coordinated by the Riyadh based - International Energy Forum (IEF) - with the support of the JODI Partners (IEA, EUROSTAT, GECF, OPEC and UNSD).
Panel discussion on resolving energy disputes – 31 March
The European Law Students’ Association (ESLA) Dispute Resolution Academy, with the support of the Energy Community Secretariat, will hold a panel discussion on resolving energy disputes in Vienna on 31 March. Rozeta Karova, Energy Lawyer of the Energy Community Secretariat, will participate as speaker to share the Secretariat’s experience in dispute resolution and mediation.
Director tells Moldova to adopt Third Energy Package without delay
Director Kopač presented the state of implementation of Energy Community acquis to Members of Parliament, representatives of the Ministry of Economy, the National Agency for Energy Regulation and the media at a meeting of the Committee for Economy, Budget and Finance of the Moldovan Parliament in Chisinau on 24 March. Mr Kopač explained that Moldova was lagging behind in the transposition of the acquis. The Parliamentary elections of November 2014 had brought the reform agenda to a standstill and now it was high time to fix the deficiencies of the existing legal framework and upgrade to one that will favour investment and competition and benefit consumers. During his visit to Chisinau, Mr Kopač also met with the Minister for Economy, Mr Stephane Bride, and his Deputy, Mr Valeriu Triboi.
Secretariat issues positive opinion on Albanian regulator’s decision to temporarily exempt TAP from certain Third Package requirements
Today the Secretariat issued a positive Opinion on the decision adopted by the Albanian energy regulatory authority (ERE) to prolong the exemption granted to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project from certain requirements of the Third Energy Package. The Secretariat gave its original Opinion in March 2013, which supported the exemption of TAP from certain requirements on third party access, tariff regulation and ownership unbundling under strict conditions and for a period limited to 25 years.
Study reveals how to obtain lower gas prices in the Energy Community Contracting Parties
How to get fairer gas prices? This crucial issue is tackled by a report published today by the Secretariat. The price for gas imports varies substantially across Europe and often seems to have no direct relation to how far the gas has to travel to reach its destination. In recent years, a number of countries have achieved a price change in their import contracts that they perceive as more fair. This report, financed by the Energy Community, describes these countries’ gas sourcing and the actions that have resulted in lower prices. The report outlines the lessons learnt from these countries’ experiences and assesses the relevance of the different tools used to achieve the price change for the individual gas markets of the Energy Community Contracting Parties.