Energy Community threatens sanctions against Serbia

Serbia has not solved the key question of splitting tasks in gas companies, Beta agency has quoted an Energy Community annual report.

“Serbia has not solved the key question of a lack of harmonization (with the EU acquis) which presents a stubborn and constant violation of obligations from the Contract on the Energy Community the splitting of Srbijagas and Yugorosgaz in accordance with the Second Energy Package, let alone the Third Energy Package,” the report, which covers the period from September 2015 to September 2016, said. 

The report which was published on September 27, recalled that the Energy Community’s Secretariat had filed a request with the Ministerial Council to take a decision in October in accordance with Article 92 of the Contract on the Energy Community. 

According to the article, at the request of the Secretariat or the Regulatory body of the Ministerial Council the existence of a serious and persistent violation of obligations according to the Contract can be established followed by the suspension of certain rights of a member state. 

This includes suspending the right to vote or being expelled from a meeting or using the mechanisms envisaged by the Contract on the Energy Community, while the Ministerial Council can by majority vote cancel the decision to suspend a member state. 

The Energy Community’s secretariat had named July 1 this year as a deadline for Srbijagas to finish the separation, warning that, conversely, it would put the question to the Ministerial Council. Energy Community director Janez Kopac said that sanctions could be symbolic, or more serious like denying IPA pre-accession funds for energy.

(B92, 27.09.2016)

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