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, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, FYROM, 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 but 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/or completion of these infrastructure projects
- To implement the Action Plan identifying project-specific technical, financial as well as regulatory measures