Secretariat submits the 2016 Infringement Package to the Ministerial Council
Today the Secretariat has submitted a package of 11 dispute settlement cases to the Ministerial Council, which will take a decision on the alleged breaches of the Energy Community acquis at its meeting on 14 October 2016 in Sarajevo. Six of the cases – including four on failure to transpose the Third Energy Package - follow a new expedited procedure for non-transposition of the acquis.
Participants of the first Energy Community Summer School are selected
The Secretariat in consultation with a network of academic and research institutions of the participating countries has selected the participants of the first Energy Community Summer School. Out of the 163 total applications submitted, 142 applicants met the selection criteria, of which the 40 most qualified were selected. Ensuring a geographical as well as a gender balance, the number of successful applicants is split 50/50 between men and women from 29 countries. The selected participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including government, postgraduate studies, research institutions, academia, private sector and non-governmental organisations.
The Secretariat is seeking a consultant to conduct a study on value added tax (VAT) legislation in the Energy Community. The study should assess the need for VAT harmonization in order to create a level playing field for the integration of the electricity and gas market within the Energy Community. The final aim is to examine the implementation of the EU VAT acquis in the Energy Community legal order.
Secretariat proposes use of “switch on clause” to close Third Energy Package regulatory gap
In a letter sent to the European Commission on 2 May, the Secretariat underlined the need for Third Energy Package Network Codes to be applied on the interconnection points on the interface between EU Member States and the Energy Community Contracting Parties. This would ensure equal treatment of internal energy market interconnection points on the borders between the European Union and the Contracting Parties and thus remove one of the obstacles to pan-European energy market integration.