Secretariat initiatives dispute settlement against Moldova for failure to adopt electricity distribution tariffs
The Energy Community Secretariat today sent an Opening Letter in Case ECS-5/15 against the Republic of Moldova. In its preliminary assessment, the Secretariat concludes that by failing to adopt distribution tariffs applicable to all eligible customers (including suppliers), Moldova fails to comply with its obligations under Directive 2009/72/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity.
Director Kopač discusses independence of energy regulator in Ukraine's future law
Following the successful adoption of the Third Energy Package-compliant gas law in April, Director Kopač discussed the status of other key energy sector reforms in Ukraine, notably in the areas of electricity, energy efficiency and energy regulation, with Ukraine’s top decision-makers on 19 May. In a meeting with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, the Director stressed the need for the draft law on the energy regulator, scheduled to be adopted today by the Cabinet of Ministers, to ensure a truly independent regulatory authority from political pressures. At this stage, the Secretariat considers the draft law sufficiently compliant with the Third Energy Package, but additional amendments could be introduced to further safeguard the regulator’s independence.
Secretariat refers Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR of Macedonia to Ministerial Council for failure to adopt National Renewable Energy Action Plans
On 12 May the Energy Community Secretariat submitted three Reasoned Requests to the attention of the Ministerial Council as the next step in the dispute settlement cases against Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In the Reasoned Requests, the Secretariat seeks a decision from the Ministerial Council establishing that the Contracting Parties concerned failed to fulfil their obligations stemming from Energy Community law by failing to adopt and notify to the Secretariat their respective National Renewable Energy Action Plans within the prescribed time limit as requested by Directive 2009/28/EC, i.e. by 30 June 2013. The decision will be taken at the Ministerial Council on 16 October 2015 in Tirana.
Turkey’s transmission system operator Botas to increase cooperation with EU’s ENTSOG and Secretariat
The Energy Community Secretariat hosted today a meeting between the European Network of TSOs for gas (ENTSOG) and high level representatives of Turkish gas company Botas, which is responsible also for operating the Turkish transmission gas system. Both ENTSOG, represented by its General Manager Vittorio Musazzi, and the Secretariat, represented by Director Kopač, outlined the potential benefits of BOTAS becoming an observer in ENTSOG in the near future and offered their assistance in this process. ENTSOG and the Secretariat also advised BOTAS on the practical implementation of the soon to be adopted gas law in Turkey, which would prescribe the unbundling of transmission operators. The implementation of gas network codes was also discussed. Given the interconnections between European and Turkish gas systems and the similarity of the challenges ahead, it was agreed to increase joint cooperation.
12 May 2015
Secretariat holds workshop on state aid in the energy sectors
On 8 May 2015, representatives of national state aid monitoring authorities of the Energy Community Contracting Parties as well as representatives of the non-governmental sector participated to a workshop on state aid in the energy sectors organised by the Secretariat. The aim of the workshop was to provide training to representatives of state aid monitoring authorities on how to conduct an assessment of state aid measures in the energy sectors based on EU state aid rules and case law of the EU Court of Justice. Challenges in the enforcement of state aid law in the Contracting Parties as well as the potential for strengthened enforcement of state aid rules in the Energy Community were discussed.