Framing of political willingness and legislation to support market integration and decarbonization started with the adoption of the Decarbonisation Roadmap and five key legislative acts stemming from the EU’s Clean Energy for all Europeans package (CEP) at the 2021 Ministerial Council.
The Secretariat's actions and activities in the area of energy transition can be split in three, distinct phases.
- 2016 - 2019: The Secretariat acted as one of the implementing organisations of the Western Balkan 6 Initiative (WB6) initiative. It was in charge of a 24 months technical assistance project, CONNECTA, aiming to assist the six Western Balkan governments to achieve their goal of a regional energy market.
- 2020 - 2021: After CONNECTA, the Secretariat continued to monitor the energy transition in the Western Balkans. The three WB6 Energy Transition Tracker editions monitored endeavors of all relevant stakeholders, including governments, investors, market players and citizens in the energy transition, on the path to decarbonisation.
- 2022 - onwards: With the first elements of CEP legal framework set in place, the scope of the Tracker was expanded.The Secretariat now monitors energy transition efforts of all nine Contracting Parties.
Energy Transition Tracker
The Energy Transition Tracker monitors the Contracting Parties’ progress in reducing emission footprints, improving functioning of energy markets, scaling up renewables, improving energy efficiency and planning for the decarbonised energy future. By doing so, the tracker provides a clear picture of where the Contracting Parties stand in advancing the clean energy transition.
Western Balkan 6 Initiative (WB6) initiative
Launched in 2014, the Western Balkan 6 Initiative (also known as the Berlin Process) aims to support the six Contracting Parties of the Energy Community in Southeast Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in strengthening regional cooperation and driving sustainable growth and jobs.
Technical assistance to Regional Energy Market Connectivity
Technical assistance to Regional Energy Market Connectivity in the Western Balkans was implemented based on the Grant Contract signed by the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat, with the aim to support the Western Balkan 6 in achieving their goal of creating regional energy market through the implementation of so-called Connectivity Reform Measures, to which they committed at the 2015 Western Balkan Summit.