Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum adopts joint statement
At the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum meeting on 25 April in Brussels, Members of the National Parliaments of the Energy Community Contracting Parties and Members of the European Parliament adopted a joint statement underlining the importance of inter-parliamentary cooperation in pursuing the objectives of the Energy Community Treaty. The meeting was co-chaired by Prof Jerzy Buzek, Chairman of Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament and Prof Muhamet Mustafa, Chairman of the Committee for Economic Development, Infrastructure, Trade and Industry of the Kosovo* Assembly and Chairman of the Energy Community Parliamentary Plenum.
Yesterday the Georgian Parliament ratified the accession agreement with all 89 members of the Parliament present voting unanimously in favour. The Energy Community welcomes Georgia’s accession and the commitment for approximating Georgia’s energy sector with the European Union energy market rules. Notification of Georgian accession to the Energy Community therefore remains only a formality.
Energy Community Sustainability Forum to tackle key energy and climate challenges
The Secretariat in cooperation with the Balkan Green Foundation will launch the first edition of the Energy Community Sustainability Forum on 9 June 2017 in Vienna. The Sustainability Forum is a response to the continuous expansion of the Energy Community’s work, already covering energy efficiency, environment and renewables and soon also climate change, and the pressing need to establish a multi-stakeholder platform dedicated to the key energy and climate challenges facing the Energy Community Region. This is why the forum aims to gather all relevant stakeholders, including government officials, the private sector, representatives of civil society, non-governmental organizations and academia, to discuss the best ways to contribute towards a low-carbon Energy Community Region.
Mainstreaming sustainability – Progress in the lead up to Trieste Summit 2017
In the lead up to the WB6 Summit in Trieste (12 July 2017), the Western Balkan 6 countries have achieved progress in a number of measures of the Sustainability Charter. According to the Secretariat’s monitoring report published on 12 April, the market for energy services is advancing fast in Serbia, with the adoption of secondary legislation and project tendering in public buildings and street lighting. Work on implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is also ongoing in all WB6 countries and recent progress was achieved by Albania and Kosovo* with the adoption of EPBD laws. In February 2017, the EU’s signature of EUR 50 million grant for the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme II (REEP Plus) and the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) will support building rehabilitation to reach minimum energy performance standards and implementation of other Sustainability Charter measures. In addition, several WB6 countries are working on establishment of national energy efficiency revolving funds. Nevertheless, more country ownership and political support is definitely needed to make full use of the existing programmes and develop national instruments for specific market segments.
Statement of Director Kopač on today’s adoption of Electricity Market Law by Ukrainian Parliament
"The adoption today of the Electricity Market Law by the Verkhovna Rada is expected to bring the country’s legal framework into compliance with the Third Energy Package and provides the starting point for the implementation of long-awaited reforms."