The Central and South Eastern Europe High Level Working Group was set up by Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia and the EU in February 2015. They were joined later by eight Energy Community Contracting Parties: Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Montenegro.
The initial aim of the group was to:
- coordinate efforts to facilitate the swift completion of cross-border and trans-European projects that diversify gas supplies to the region
- develop regional gas markets and implement harmonised EU rules to ensure the optimal functioning of infrastructure.
At the 4th CESEC ministerial meeting in Bucharest in September 2017, energy ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding extending the scope of CESEC cooperation. It now also includes:
- a joint approach on electricity markets, energy efficiency and renewable development
- a list of priority projects to build an interconnected regional electricity market
- specific actions to boost renewables and investment in energy efficiency in a region with vast growth potential in these areas.
CESEC High Level Group, September 2017
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