Dispute cases closed – Albania and Kosovo* adopt energy performance of buildings laws
Following Albania’s and Kosovo’s* adoption of national legislation transposing Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and their notification to the Secretariat, these two Contracting Parties have rectified the breaches identified in Cases ECS-10/16 and 11/16 and complied with the respective Ministerial Council Decisions.
Integration of Energy Community Contracting Parties is key for successful EU gas market design - Secretariat
On 16 January, the Energy Community Secretariat submitted a contribution to the European Commission consultation aimed at preparing the launch of a study on a gas market design for Europe titled “Quo vadis EU gas market regulatory framework”. In its submission, the Secretariat pinpointed to the need for the EU to follow a holistic approach in its gas market design, covering the entire interconnected gas system of Continental Europe, including Energy Community Contracting Parties and Observers.
Secretariat sends Reasoned Opinion to Ukraine for non-compliance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive
On 12 January 2017, the Secretariat sent a Reasoned Opinion to Ukraine in Case ECS-13/16. The Reasoned Opinion follows the Opening Letter, which was sent on 6 September 2016 and addresses the lack of complete transposition of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. The deadline for Ukraine, as set by its Accession Protocol to the Energy Community Treaty, expired on 1 January 2013. On 4 October 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a Law on Environmental Impact Assessment, which could have addressed the Secretariat’s concerns as described in the Opening Letter. However, on 31 October 2016 the President of Ukraine refused to sign it and referred it back to the Verkhovna Rada for reconsideration.