ENERGY COMMUNITY SECRETARIAT DIRECTOR ON SERBIA’S PROGRESS IN EU ENERGY INTEGRATION
Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
On the session held on September 30, the members of the Committee for Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia have discussed Serbia’s progress in the EU integration in the energy field. On the occasion, the 2013-2014 Annual Implementation Report which was presented by the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Mr. Janez Kopač previously, has been presented to the Committee members.
In the beginning, the Report reviews the area of regulators and assesses the Serbian regulator as the leader in the region as regards its knowledge and independence. The priorities for the future include the expansion of the regulator’s jurisdiction and the approval of annual report with the regulator’s budget which should guarantee its financial independence and security.
The current situation in the field of electricity is assessed positively since there is a progress in the implementation of primary and secondary legislation. On the other hand, as Kopač said, one could notice that “Elektromreža Srbije” (Serbian TSO) does not participate in any regional platform for coordinated long-term capacity allocation. Future priorities include the adoption of a new law which will enable the transposition of the Third Energy Package by the end of 2014, while AERS is supposed to provide for the compliance with the obligation of functional unbundling of distribution systems operators and the elaboration of the compliance programme in line with the law.
As regards gas field, the Report states that the lack of unbundling between transport and supply and trade represents an obstacle for true market reforms and stimulation of competition. This is why it is necessary to unbundle the activities in “Srbijagas”, harmonise the South Stream Contract with the Energy Community legislation and improve transparency.
The Report also includes the analysis of the situation in the field of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, environment protection and oil.
The Committee Chairperson, dr Aleksandra Tomić has concluded that the Report offers useful recommendations for the improvements in the Serbian energy field and expressed hope that all the relevant stakeholders in this field will contribute together to problems solving.