CAN Europe Position on the Reform of the Energy Community Treaty

Europe in transition

This document represents the agreed position on the Reform of the Energy Community. We call for the Energy Community to include a functioning enforcement mechanism. We demand that the EU’s environmental and social standards are applied across the Energy Community countries.

The Energy Community is an organisation set up to help the countries of the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region adopt and implement the EU energy acquis. It was established in 2006 for an intial period of 10 years. In October 2013, its Ministerial Council agreed to extend it for another 10 years, while simultaneously acknowledging its major shortcomings regarding enforcement, investment attraction, monitoring and more.

“This report clearly demonstrates that the Energy Community needs redoubled commitment from its members to support the EU’s long-term decarbonisation and environmental protection goals,” said Dragana Mileusnic of CAN Europe.

The recent flooding of homes, coal mines and power plants across the Balkans, caused by the type of extreme weather event that will become more frequent with mounting climate impacts, demonstrate that sustainable energy policies are crucial components of security and sustainability in the region. The new report explains how the extension and reform of the Energy Community Treaty presents a golden opportunity to meet the region’s energy challenges with a united approach.

Download  Recommendations for the reform of the energy community treaty