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Acerc is a think tank centre with a focus on the Albania energy market and its integration in Regional & IEM. The Acerc mission based on the in-depth knowledge of EU and Regional Energy Law and Policy and strives to provide aqualified contribution to the promotion of the liberalization and effective integration as well as efficient use of energy resources.

Acerc main activities consists in build-up collaborationand support to market players in the market researches such as the release of reports, articles and periodicals. Activity accompanied with the offering of the support in capacity building through national and regional seminars, trainings and conferences. Initiatives aims to enable in advocating in the energy sector promoting a forum called in Albanian School of Regulation.

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Turkey’s transmission system operator Botas to increase cooperation with EU’s ENTSOG and Secretariat, 13 May 2015

AER Notice May 2015 Posted on Thu, May 14, 2015 00:00:53

Turkey’s transmission system operator Botas to increase cooperation with EU’s ENTSOG and Secretariat
13 May 2015

The Energy Community Secretariat hosted today a meeting between the European Network of TSOs for gas (ENTSOG) and high level representatives of Turkish gas company Botas, which is responsible also for operating the Turkish transmission gas system.
Both ENTSOG, represented by its General Manager Vittorio Musazzi, and the Secretariat, represented by Director Kopač, outlined the potential benefits of BOTAS becoming an observer in ENTSOG in the near future and offered their assistance in this process.
ENTSOG and the Secretariat also advised BOTAS on the practical implementation of the soon to be adopted gas law in Turkey, which would prescribe the unbundling of transmission operators.
The implementation of gas network codes was also discussed. Given the interconnections between European and Turkish gas systems and the similarity of the challenges ahead, it was agreed to increase joint cooperation.

Balkans 2020 RES Targets: Energy Community Vienna, 27 28 April 2015

AER Notice May 2015 Posted on Wed, May 13, 2015 13:29:27

Balkans 2020 RES Targets

Source: Renewable Energy in the Energy Community

Vienna, 27 28 April 2015

For more see the attachments:

Energy Community Secretariat refers Albania, Bosnia and FYR of Macedonia to Ministerial Council for failure to adopt National Renewable Energy Action Plans, 13 May 2015

AER Notice May 2015 Posted on Wed, May 13, 2015 12:57:13

On 12 May the Energy Community Secretariat submitted
three Reasoned Requests to the attention of the Ministerial Council as
the next step in the dispute settlement cases against Albania, Bosnia
and Herzegovina and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In the
Reasoned Requests, the Secretariat seeks a decision from the Ministerial
Council establishing that the Contracting Parties concerned failed to
fulfil their obligations stemming from Energy Community law by failing
to adopt and notify to the Secretariat their respective National
Renewable Energy Action Plans within the prescribed time limit as
requested by Directive 2009/28/EC, i.e. by 30 June 2013. The decision
will be taken at the Ministerial Council on 16 October 2015 in Tirana.

Before the Ministerial Council will take its decision, the Energy
Community Presidency and Vice-Presidency shall ask an Advisory Committee
for its opinion on the Reasoned Request. The Ministerial Council is not
bound by the opinion of the Advisory Committee.

Energy Community workshop conclusion on state aid in the energy sectors, 12 May 2015

AER Notice May 2015 Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 23:44:23

On 8 May 2015, representatives of national state aid
monitoring authorities of the Energy Community Contracting Parties as
well as representatives of the non-governmental sector participated to a
workshop on state aid in the energy sectors organised by the
Secretariat. The aim of the workshop was to provide training to
representatives of state aid monitoring authorities on how to conduct an
assessment of state aid measures in the energy sectors based on EU
state aid rules and case law of the EU Court of Justice. Challenges in
the enforcement of state aid law in the Contracting Parties as well as
the potential for strengthened enforcement of state aid rules in the
Energy Community were discussed.

The workshop consisted of a lecture on the assessment methodology of
state aid measures in the energy sectors and a presentation on the
landmark state aid cases in the EU. State aid cases in the Contracting
Parties were also assessed from a legal and academic perspective as well
as potential cases in the coal and electricity sectors that might raise
state aid concerns in these countries in the near future. The granting
of state aid to state-owned enterprises in Serbia was assessed from an
economic standpoint.

The workshop concluded by noting that in the last years visible
improvements of state aid law enforcement in the energy sectors in some
Contracting Parties have taken place. Representatives of state aid
monitoring authorities agreed to put more effort on the enforcement of
these rules and strengthen the cooperation among each other and with the

The State of the Union 2015

AER Notice May 2015 Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 23:32:43

In the wake of the conclusion of the fifth edition of The State of the Union, we would like to thank you for your interest in this event.

Over 80 international speakers have attendend this year’s The State of the Union, opening the the Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre, commenting on the document “Towards a New Schuman Declaration”, analysing the balance between surveillance, security and privacy, and discussing the interface of Europe with the world.

We invite you to visit The State of The Union website which is now updated with various materials related to the Conference, including:

Do not hesitate to join the discussion about The State of the Union 2015 on Twitter using the official hashtag #SoU2015.

For any question regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat.

Mediterranean Energy Regulators are pleased to share with you their newly published Annual Report

AER Notice May 2015 Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 18:26:33

Mediterranean Energy Regulators are pleased to share with you their newly published Annual Report

Dear Subscriber,

In 2014 MEDREG succeeded in keeping our momentum as an active association of regional cooperation with a clear vision towards the future. We have completed and approved our Strategy for 2020-2030, which identifies five major targets: a sound regulatory institutional framework; optimal conditions for infrastructure investments; functioning, competitive and transparent electricity and gas markets; efficient protection of consumers, in particular of vulnerable ones; and intensified regional cooperation and setting up of pilot projects. To implement these targets we decided to establish a peer review program, which will support our members in the improvement of their national regulatory framework.

Last year MEDREG went on investigating the investment climate for energy infrastructure in the Mediterranean area. Investments were also at the heart of MEDREG’s first Forum on Energy Regulation(November 2014, Barcelona). In addition, MEDREG signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Commission and Med-TSO, the Association of Mediterranean Transmission System Operators for Electricity. This protocol allows the signatories to join forces in favor of the creation of a sound Mediterranean Energy Community and identifies MEDREG as a key actor in the context of the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platforms.

Download the MEDREG Annual Report 2014 here

The energy conundrum in Bulgaria and Greece, Published: 11/05/2015

AER Notice May 2015 Posted on Mon, May 11, 2015 23:17:36

Bulgaria and Greece have distinctive political backgrounds, the first having been a member of the former COMECON Communist economic bloc, while the latter was an EU member without a territorial link to the rest of the union.

But they share Byzantine practices that have helped keep monopolies alive, and resist EU energy liberalisation rules.

Both countries are also in a difficult economic situation, having to deal with the issue of energy poverty, as large parts of their population lack the financial means to properly heat their homes in winter.

An important difference appears to be that Bulgaria is increasingly willing to play by EU rules, while the Syriza-led government in Greece is unpredictable.

Regarding gas, the European Commission has highlighted the fact, (and this has been proven by the 2006 and the 2009 gas crises), that Greece and Bulgaria are supplied mainly by Russia, and that in instances of interruption, they are the first ones to be impacted. So there is a crucial need for diversification in the region, and the lack of North-South connections is a challenge.

It is important to highlight the fact that the existing main transport line that transports gas from Russia through Ukraine, Moldova and Romania to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, is not operated in line with EU legislation (no third party access, no unbundling, no reverse flows).

Russia has also rerouted this politically-motivated pipeline from Bulgaria to Turkey and Greece. The South Stream project has been abandoned, and is being replaced by Turkish Stream followed by Tesla, a pipeline across Russia-friendly countries such as Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.

The region is moderately interconnected as a historical legacy. Electricity supply companies in the region often act as monopolies, and the regulators often fail to play an independent role. In Greece, the Public Power Corporation, a state company, distributes close to 100% of the electricity of the country. In Bulgaria, three utilities (CEZ, E.on and Energo Pro) have divided the country and each act as a monopoly in their respective territories.

In both countries, energy regulators have served governments and vested interests, rather than consumers.

In view of the “particular vulnerability” of the Central and Southeastern parts of Europe, the Commission envisions new cooperation formats to help solve the many problems the region has.

Creation of first Regional Security Cooperation Initiative in South-East Europe 2015-04-29

AER Notice May 2015 Posted on Mon, May 11, 2015 18:05:31

TSOs of Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro have set up South-East Europe’s first Regional Security Cooperation Initiative (RSCI).

​On 21 April 2015 the General Managers of PE EMS (Belgrade) and NOS BiH (Sarajevo), Mr. Nikola Petrović and Mr. Josip Dolić respectively, and the President of the CGES’ (Podgorica) Board of Directors Mr. Dragan Laketić signed the contract for the Establishment of the Security Coordination Center Ltd. Belgrade (SCC), in Belgrade.

SCC is the first Regional Security Coordination Initiative (RSCI) in the Southeast Europe (SEE), established as a company whose objective is to develop necessary services defined by ENTSO-E’s Policy Paper „Core strategy for TSO Coordination” and „Future TSO Coordination for Europe” in order to fulfill operational planning standards which will be defined by the European NC/GL.

Related links:

ENTSO-E Paper on Future TSO Coordination for Europe

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