Serbia has emerged as the top performer, followed by Montenegro and Ukraine, the Energy Community Secretariat said in its annual report. It stressed that the three keywords defining 2023 were solidarity, integration, and transition.
Solidarity, because the Energy Community continues to stand firmly behind its largest member, Ukraine; integration, because the Energy Community finally lives up to its original promise: to create a true energy market with the European Union based on reciprocity and a level playing field; and transition, because the Energy Community delivers on the goals enshrined in the 2021 Decarbonization Roadmap, the secretariat stressed.
Ahead of the Ministerial Council on December 14, the secretariat has released its Annual Implementation Report, which tracks the contracting parties’ performance in implementing the Energy Community acquis in the period between November 2022 and October 2023.
With the revised Energy Law, Serbia made headway by creating the basis for the compliant unbundling of the electricity and gas transmission system operators, the secretariat said and added that the country was the biggest mover in the area of decarbonization during the reporting period.
As the champion of several past assessments, Montenegro made modest progress but maintained its position in the upper tier, the document reads.
Among Serbia’s achievements, the secretariat stressed the submission of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) within the prescribed deadline and the adoption of long-term strategies for low-carbon development, and building renovation. Serbia also revised its Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources and conducted an inaugural auction for renewable energy.
(Nova Ekonomija, 15.12.2023)
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