Five EU Member State regulators confirm application of Third Package network codes on borders to Energy Community Contracting Parties
The national regulatory authorities of Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Romania have signed a general unilateral declaration on the applicability of all Third Energy Package gas network codes on interconnection points between Energy Community Contracting Parties and EU Member States. The signatory regulators declared that they will respect the application of gas networks codes and guidelines on the interconnection points with the Contracting Parties, once the Secretariat has been notified by the Contracting Party of its transposition. This corresponds to a binding interpretation of the Ministerial Council issued in 2014.
Energy efficiency receives major boost at the Western Balkan 6 Summit in Skopje
European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn signed an agreement in the amount of 50 million euros with international financial institutions (EBRD, EIB and KfW) at the Western Balkan 6 energy ministerial in Skopje today. The grant will assist Western Balkan 6 governments in preparing or upgrading their energy efficiency laws, support energy efficiency measures, help municipalities to attract private investment in the public sector and, finally, provide incentives to soften the investment burden on consumers.
Secretariat publishes first monitoring report under CESEC Action Plan 2.0
The Secretariat has published its first monitoring report under the new CESEC Action Plan 2.0. The report tracks the progress of the Energy Community Contracting Party signatories to the CESEC Memorandum of Understanding in implementing specific legislative and regulatory actions, including unbundling of transmission system operators, third party access to gas infrastructure, establishment of market-based balancing mechanisms and cross-border cost allocation in line with Regulation (EU) 347/2013. The report also monitors the implementation of CESEC priority projects where a Contracting Party is involved.
Negotiations over draft electricity tariff methodology in Moldova
Representatives of the Moldovan regulator (ANRE) and of Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF) started negotiations over a new draft methodology proposed by ANRE. The first round of negotiations took place on 1 February in Vienna, and was facilitated by Dirk Buschle, the Deputy Director of the Secretariat and Chair of the Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre.
New Albanian Law on Renewables accommodates concerns by RES producers
Yesterday the Parliament of Albania passed the Law on Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources. The draft law was challenged by the operators of small hydropower plants in the country, as it changes the regulatory regime and support scheme hitherto applicable. This was the culmination of a long-standing dispute with the Government.