Annual Implementation Report 2015: Serbia, Albania and Ukraine emerge as frontrunners in Third Energy Package transposition, 08 Oct 2015AEL Updates 2015Posted by Adv. Lorenc Gordani, PhD Thu, October 08, 2015 16:55:15
For the first time, the Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report - published today, assesses the Contracting Parties’ obligations to transpose the Third Energy Package for electricity and gas, the deadline for which expired on 1 January 2015. The Director of the Energy Community, Janez Kopač, said: “Nine months after its transposition deadline in the Energy Community has expired, two Contracting Parties [Serbia and Albania] have fully and Ukraine has partially transposed the Third Energy Package into the national legal framework. I would like to congratulate these three countries on becoming the frontrunners in that respect. This is a great achievement and a clear indication that the countries are taking their Energy Community obligations seriously. We expect Montenegro will follow very soon and Kosovo* and Moldova are expected to adopt the respective laws by the end of the year.”
The Secretariat’s Annual Implementation Report assesses the progress achieved by the Energy Community Contracting Parties in implementing the Energy Community acquis communitaire in the period from September 2014 to September 2015, including dedicated chapters on electricity, gas, oil, national regulatory authorities, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environment, competition and statistics.
In terms of Third Energy Package transposition in the remaining Contracting Parties, the report concludes that Bosnia and Herzegovina is showing no clear prospects, while the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, formerly a leader in energy market reform, has fallen behind and previous achievements have even been reversed. Moreover, the reporting period has seen little progress on genuine independence of energy regulatory authorities and regulators across the Energy Community are yet to become active in the opening of energy markets.
According to Deputy Director, Dirk Buschle, “The implementation of the Third Energy Package offers opportunities for market opening, cross-border market integration for the benefit of the industry and ultimately energy consumers. Grasping these opportunities means modernizing the energy sector which still remains an urgency for all our countries. It will become difficult for those who do not engage in the process now, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to catch up with the frontrunners.”
This year’s report also takes a close look at the development of renewable energies. The analysis of currently implemented and planned policy initiatives using available data from 2009-2013 indicates that all Contracting Parties, with the exception of Montenegro, have not entirely met their first interim trajectories and especially Moldova, Serbia and Kosovo*. Most of them risk falling short of meeting their 2020 renewable energy targets as set by the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC transposed in the Energy Community. Moreover, the binding target of 10% share of renewable energy in transport will most likely be missed by all of the Contracting Parties. “This report should serve as a caution to the concerned Contracting Parties. There is still time to act and put in place a legal and regulatory framework to ensure the target’s achievement,” explained Gabriela Cretu, renewables expert at the Secretariat.
To order a paper copy of the report free of charge, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to its annual report, the Secretariat also provides monthly updates on the progress of implementation of the Energy Community acquis by the Contracting Parties on its website.