Central and South Eastern Europe energy connectivity
Central and South Eastern Europe energy connectivity (CESEC) works to accelerate the integration of central eastern and south eastern European gas and electricity markets. The CESEC 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 (organisation bringing EU and its neighbours together to create an integrated pan-European energy market) contracting parties: Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Serbia, the Republic of North Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence) 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 and to 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
The first CESEC high level meeting took place in February 2015. All meeting agendas, conclusions and other accompanying documents from CESEC meetings are published and available in chronological order.