The second set of Western Balkans 6 (WB6 / Berlin Process) Monitoring Reports published by the Secretariat today concludes that more reform efforts are needed in order for the implementation deadlines for the so-called “energy soft measures” to be met. While the three countries which have adopted the Third Energy Package – Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, tend to be frontrunners, all WB6 countries should continue their reform efforts in order to remove the obstacles to the development of a regional electricity market by the deadlines agreed at the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna last year.

Increased commitment is required by all the WB6 countries, especially the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s renewed commitment and engagement with the Secretariat is a positive step forward. However, the country’s efforts are yet to be transformed into the adoption of concrete reforms.

At the Western Balkans Summit on 27 August 2015, the six Contracting Parties of the Energy Community in Southeast Europe committed to implement specific energy reform measures under the umbrella of the Energy Community, including the creation of national balancing markets, development of spot markets and implementation of the Third Energy Package. The Energy Community Secretariat was tasked to monitor the implementation of these measures and report on the progress made at the next Western Balkans 6 Summit scheduled to take place in France in July 2016.

The Secretariat also updated today its WB6 Infrastructure Report, which maps the realisation of the four “Projects of Energy Community Interest” endorsed for inclusion in the EU’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance 2015 multi-country programme.

WB6 Energy Connectivity Initiative – web sub-section
Monitoring reports – web sub-section