Bosnia and Herzegovina signals readiness to adopt Third Energy Package
A meeting hosted by the Energy Community Secretariat today brought together the state and entity level ministers responsible for energy issues in an effort to gather political support to overcome obstacles to adopting the Third Energy Package for electricity and gas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In a session chaired by Director Kopač, State Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Mirko Šarović, Energy Minister of Republic of Srpska, Petar Đokić, and Energy Minister of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nermin Džindić, expressed their willingness to adopt the necessary legislation.
Turkey could be full-fledged member of pan-European energy market with limited efforts, concludes Secretariat’s report
The Energy Community Secretariat published today a report on energy governance in Turkey. “The conclusions of this report are clear. Turkey, if it wished to do so, could become a full-fledged member of the pan-European energy market with limited efforts via membership of the Energy Community,” said Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Janez Kopač. “In essence, Turkey could achieve a functional EU membership in the energy sector with all its benefits. This is due to Turkey’s existing high level of compliance with the Energy Community Treaty,” he underlined.
Secretariat confirms applicability of EU State aid guidelines for environmental protection and energy in the Energy Community
The Secretariat’s policy guidelines published today confirm the applicability of the “Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020”, published in June 2014 by the European Commission, to the Energy Community Contracting Parties. The Energy and Environmental Guidelines are to be followed by national enforcement authorities in order to ensure their uniform and homogeneous application in the Energy Community.
First monitoring reports on Western Balkans 6 Energy Connectivity Initiative published
Today the Secretariat published its first series of bi-monthly reports monitoring the implementation of “energy soft measures” and realisation of infrastructure projects under the Western Balkans 6 Energy Connectivity Initiative. The reports were submitted to the European Commission, Prime Ministers, Ministers responsible for energy and foreign affairs of the Western Balkans six countries and EU Member States participating in the process – Austria, Croatia, France, Germany and Slovenia, and International Financial Institutions.
Following the Decision of the 2015 Ministerial Council recognising the necessity to increase the Secretariat’s human resources in order to match the growing areas of work of the Energy Community, the Secretariat is recruiting two energy lawyers, two energy infrastructure experts and one assistant.