Tuesday, 1 September 2015
29th Sitting of the Committee on the Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy
At the sitting held on 1 September, the Committee on the Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy discussed Serbia’s European integration from the aspect of energy production.
The sitting was attended by the Director of the Secretariat of the Energy Community Janez Kopac who presented the Energy Community’s Report on Serbia’s progress in the field of energy for the period 2014-2015.
Kopac said that Serbia is the first contractual party in the Energy Community to transfer the Third Energy Package into its national legislation and the only one to do so within the set deadline. Also, starting 1 January 2015, all electric power buyers have the right to freely choose their supplier, including households and small customers.
In cooperation with the Secretariat, Serbia has set up a company for the transport of gas separate from Srbijagas PE thus closing the problem of violation of the Energy Community Treaty noted last year at the Energy Community Ministerial Council, said Kopac.
Presenting the Report he also drew attention to the open issues that need to be addressed such as the construction of new interconnections, continued progress of gasification and establishment of a liquid gas market and its integration with neighbouring markets.
Serbia’s priorities for the immediate future are to pass by-laws based on the Energy Law, continue the restructuring of Srbijagas and certification of AERS for a correctly conducted detachment from the mother company and integration into the European gas system and gas market.
Janez Kopac also presented the conclusions on the implementation in the field of oil, national regulator AERS, renewable energy sources, the environment and energy efficiency.
The Committee members had questions about the dynamics of the adoption of the rulebook for the field of renewable energy sources and the use of wind energy capacities as regards attracting investment and achieving energy security. They also asked about the gas supply after 2019 and the construction of interconnections with Croatia and Romania.
Mirjana Filipovic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Mining and Energy attending the sitting, explained the details of the construction of interconnections with Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia.
The sitting was also attended by the President of the Energy Agency Council Ljubo Macic.
The sitting was chaired by Committee Chairperson Dr Aleksandra Tomic.