To accelerate the integration of central and south eastern European gas markets and diversify gas supplies, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia and the EU set up a High Level Working Group in February 2015. They were joined later by six Energy Community Contracting Parties: Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The aim of the group is to coordinate efforts to facilitate cross-border and trans-European projects that diversify gas supplies to the region, as well as to implement harmonised rules.
Objectives of the High Level Group on Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity:
- to ensure that interconnector projects already underway in the region that are facing implementation difficulties are finalised quickly
- to identify and jointly commit to a limited number of priority infrastructure projects in central and south eastern Europe
- to determine all issues (e.g. regulatory, permitting, coordination, technical and financial) impeding the rapid development and completion of these infrastructure projects
- to implement the Action Plan identifying project-specific technical, financial and regulatory measures.
CESEC Plenary and Working Groups, 28 and 29 November 2016
CESEC High Level Group, September 2016
- Press release
- Conclusions of the CESEC High Level Group
- CESEC Action Plan 2.0
- Expanding CESEC into electricity, renewable energy and energy efficiency
CESEC High Level Group, July 2015
- Press release
- Memorandum of Understanding
- Signature letters from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 1 & 2
- Annex: Terms of Reference
- Annex II: Action Plan
- Annex to the Action Plan: List of projects
CESEC High Level Group, February 2015