After the success of the first two training programs for the energy sector of the Republic of Moldova in February and March 2013, the third training program is taking place in Chisinau on 27-29 May, 2013 on the practical implementation of the EU’s 3rd energy package.
During the last workshop in March the counterparts agreed in the professional content which includes the following main topics:
General customer protection related issues (gas and electricity),
End-user switching process (from one supplier to another),
Exemption (from Third Party Access obligations).
Experts and delegates from various EU MS’s will share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the energy sector in Moldova. From the Moldovan side, lead experts from the Ministry of Economy, representatives of the regulatory authority and the relevant energy companies will attend the training. The Priority Area 2 will be represented by István Joó, Chief Advisor and Szilvia Nagy, Advisor.
After the success of the first training program for the energy sector of the Republic of Moldova in February 2013, the second training program is taking place in Chisinau on 26-28 March, 2013. The knowledge transfer training program is the second in the series with a special focus on energy regulation issues in connection with the EU’s 3rd Energy Package.
In the course of the Fact Finding Mission in January, the counterparts agreed in the professional content which includes the following main topics:
Unbundling, requirements on separation of activities, designation and certification procedure of TSOs (gas and electricity) – the necessary legal requirements and the procedure.
Practical examples on separation of activities, on Supervisory Body and on Compliance Monitoring
Requirements and practice of DSO unbundling
Experts, regulators and delegates from EU MS’s will share their knowledge and experience in order to foster the development and effectiveness of the energy sector in Moldova. According to the Fact Finding Mission in January, the proposed training program enjoys the support of the Government of the Republic of Moldova and all relevant stakeholders from the energy sector.
Following the Fact Finding Mission of the PA2 in January, the first training program for the energy sector of the Republic of Moldova is taking place in Chisinau on 26-28 February, 2013. The knowledge transfer training program is the first in the series with focus on energy regulation issues in connection with the EU’s 3rd Energy Package. The first panel will focus on the independence, tasks and necessary statutory powers of the regulator. For the parallel meetings, groups will deal with the questions of market building for gas and electricity and cross-border capacity calculation and congestion management. Other areas will also be covered such as supporting competition in the energy sector and possible regulatory interactions.
Regulators, experts and delegates from national firms from EU MSs will be present in order to share their expertise for the benefit of the Republic of Moldova. From the Moldovan side, lead experts from the Ministry of Economy, representatives of the regulatory authority and the relevant energy companies will attend the training. The Priority Area 2 will be represented by István Joó and Szilvia Nagy.
The next training session is going to take place in late March.
NPCS BULLETIN: What are key notes of EUSDR in energy sector?
Anita Orban: The EUSDR is a macroregional strategy for 14 countries of the Danube region. The Strategy has 11 priority areas which are the focus of its activities. One of the priority areas of the Strategy is the “Sustainable Energy” area. The work of this area is coordinated by Hungary and the Czech Republic. The energy priority area concentrates its work around three pillars: energy infrastructure, energy markets as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency.
NPCS BULLETIN: Can You tell us about three major challenges: the internal energy market integration, the deployment of smart grids at European, regional and municipal level and modernization of the networks in order to integrate the renewable energy?
Anita Orban: The internal energy market integration needs to go forward both on the infrastructural level as well as in the sense of overcoming the non-infrastructural barriers of crossborder trade. There has been a lot of progress made in the last few years at EU, national and regional level, as well. To name a few examples: some missing interconnectors were built, reverse flows are put in place, ACER was created. However, there is still a lot of work which needs to be done before we will be able to say that we have an integrated energy market in Europe. The Danube region’s electricity consumption will likely grow in the future. At the same time we use energy pretty inefficiently. To be competitive, we need to enhance our energy efficiency significantly. Smart grids can be one of the solutions.
NPCS BULLETIN: Many say that EUSDR framework provides an excellent platform for cooperation in energy sector. Can You explain that?
Anita Orban: The Danube Strategy provides an excellent opportunity for countries involved to cooperate in different issues. First, it is a tool for coordinating regional energy policies to exploit the potential of an integrated energy market. Second, the energy priority area aims at assisting in the integration of the energy markets of the non-EU countries to the EU standards. Third, the Danube Strategy has the potential to launch and enhance cutting edge technology developments for our future modern energy systems which will be able to integrate significant amount of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. All these issues necessitate international, cross-border cooperation. The Strategy is a sound platform for this.
NPCS BULLETIN: How EUSDR deals with energy security?
Anita Orban: One of the pillars of the energy priority area is to enhance the development of energy infrastructure projects. We developed our Danube Region Gas Market Model in 2012 which is able to quantify the regional impact of the proposed gas infrastructure projects (from the point of view of supply security and price impact, as well). The Model was widely introduced and is unique in the sense of offering a regional approach when it comes to key missing gas infrastructure projects. The energy priority area’s other main objective is market integration which when achieved, enhances energy security, as well.
Ambassador Anita Orbán, Priority Area Coordinator and Chief Advisor István Joó will participate in the 3rd Meeting of the National Contact Points and Priority Area Coordinators in Brussels on the 30-31st of January. The upcoming topics will include the current state of play in the strategy, the Danube Region Research and Innovation Fund, report from Priority Area 10, linking the strategy to current EU policies and related discussions. The evaluation of the results of the implementation and the next steps of the strategy will also be discussed with representatives of the European Commission.
Chief Advisor Istvan Joó will be representing Priority Area 2 at the Energy Community Regional Energy Strategy Task Force meeting on the 25th of January, 2013 in Vienna. Energy Community is a strategic partner to the Priority Area 2 since there is a significant overlap between the goals and the territorial coverage of the two initiatives. The aim of the meeting is to introduce the PECI (Projects of Energy Community’s Interest) project selection method of the Energy Community. The evaluation of the project proposals is based on the further developed version of the Danube Region Gas Market Model.
The second Danube Region Financing Dialogue, organized by Priority Area 10, is a forum for Small and Medium Enterprises and financiers to discuss financing of promising projects in the Danube Region. At the same time it is also a great opportunity to strengthen cooperation between the priority areas of the Danube Region Strategy.
Representatives of the Priority Area 2 (Szilárd Árvay advisor and Róbert Kaszab, assistant) will take part in this conference on the 24-25th January, 2013 in Belgrade. The aim of PA2 participants is to strengthen links with stakeholders, professionals, project promoters, financial institutions as well as with fellow Danube Region colleagues. For a successful implementation of projects the mapping of available financial sources is essential. The future of the strategy depends on appropriate financial support on EU level and the involvement of the private sector is also a crucial factor
The Priority Area 2 launches its Training Program to the Republic of Moldova focusing on knowledge transfer regarding the EU’s energy acquis.
As a first step of the implementation of the concept, a fact finding mission will travel to the Republic of Moldova led by Ambassador Anita Orbán, Priority Area Coordinator. Mr. István Joó, Chief Advisor to the Priority Area 2, and energy experts will also be part of the delegation. High level political meetings and discussions between experts will take place in Chisinau. The aim of the visit is to define the professional content of future training programs starting in February, 2013. The Moldovan Ministry of Economy will delegate key personnel to the bilateral and expert meetings. Both sides look forward to fruitful discussion and professional cooperation.
Szilárd Árvay, advisor of Priority Area 2, will take part in the next meeting of the North-South Gas Working group in Brussels. The Priority Area 2 was granted as observer of the regional group, in order to channel the common position of the Danube-countries to the WG.
On the 17th January, the preliminary results of the Danube Region Gas Storage Model will be presented in the Working Group. The study aims to answer two major questions as follows:
1.) Is there sufficient natural gas storage capacity in the countries of Danube Region to provide security of supply and necessary flexibility for the national markets?
2.) Can missing storage infrastructure (if there is any) on the national level be supplied on a regional basis in the Danube region? Is the emergence of a regional storage market possible?
Final results of the study are expected in late February, 2013.
Posted by Joó István, Monday, 26th November 2012 @ 12:55pm
The first Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region is going to take place in Regensburg on 27-28 November, 2012. The Workshop 2 - Energy for a Modern Danube Region is coordinated by the Energy Priority Area of the EUSDR.
Final agenda of the WS2 is available via the following link.
Posted by Joó István, Thursday, 7th June 2012 @ 6:03pm
Danube Strategy: The region is looking for common solutions to energy challenges
May 31, 2012 1:49 PM
The first Annual Stakeholder Seminar of the EUSDR (EU Strategy for the Danube Region) Energy Priority Area, coordinated by Hungary and the Czech Republic, took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary on May 31, 2012.
The primary goal of the Seminar was to present the results of the Danube Region Gas Market Model Study to the economic, professional, and scientific partners of the Danube Region Strategy.
More than a hundred participants attended the conference, being welcomed by Government Commissioner for the Danube Region Strategy Mr Balázs MEDGYESY as well as high-ranking representatives of the European Commission’s Regional Policy and Energy DGs, and the Director of the Energy Community Mr Slavtcho NEYKOV.
Pál Kovács, Anita Orbán (photo: Károly Árvai)
In her opening remarks, Ambassador-at-Large, Priority Area Coordinator Ms Anita ORBÁN, named the Study which was conducted by the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research for the initiation of the EUSDR Energy Priority Area as first and significant result of the regional cooperation. The Study generated serious interest at both regional and EU levels.
Ms ORBÁN outlined that the Danube Region is facing common challenges and difficulties in the area of energy as well. High energy prices, fragmented energy markets, and problems regarding security of supply showed their negative effects several times during the recent year’s gas crises. Ms ORBÁN stressed that the Danube Strategy offers an adequate framework to find coordinated regional solutions to all these problems.
In the field of energy, the study on gas market is the first manifestation of this cooperation, creating an opportunity for the countries of the Region to have a common – and therefore powerful – position on the development of energy infrastructure to be carried out in the future. This is a particularly topical issue in light of the current legislative debate on energy infrastructure priorities in the European Union.
photo: Károly Árvai
The keynote speeches were held by Mr Pál KOVÁCS Hungarian Minister of State responsible for Climate Change and Energy issues, Mr Jiri GEORGIEV Deputy State Secretary for EU Affairs (Czech Republic) and Mr Alen LEVERIC Croatian Assistant Minister of Economy.
Mr Pál KOVÁCS outlined Hungary’s position on the subject of the conference. He emphasised – among others – that the creation of the missing energy interconnections would contribute to the creation of a single European energy market and to the strengthening of solidarity among Member States. As he said, the aim of the energy infrastructure development is to improve the security of supply and at the same time to decrease energy prices.
In his speech, Mr Jiří GEORGIEV outlined that the Danube Strategy is a unique opportunity to strengthen regional cooperation in the area of energy as well. He claimed that the Strategy could also contribute to the application of the principles of the Single Market in the energy market as well. Mr Alen LEVERIC gave an overview on the energy strategy of Croatia, highlighting the opportunities which the building of the North-South Energy Corridor could provide.
photo: Károly Árvai
The Danube Region Gas Market Model elaborated by the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research was presented by the Director of the Institute, Mr Péter KADERJÁK. He pointed out that the EU realised the problems resulting from the lack of a single European energy market, this recognition should be advantageous for the countries of the Danube Region.
He explained that in addition to building cross-border pipelines, making better use of storage capacities is also necessary for improving the security of supply in the region. The most efficient coordination of the capacity utilisation can be reached at a regional level thus, the Study contains concrete recommendations on this issue as well.
Panel II of the conference was dedicated to energy projects such as the Hungary–Slovakia the Romania – Bulgaria interconnector projects, the Gas Ring Concept or the Krk LNG project.