Moldova commits to implementation of energy reforms
An international conference on Moldova and the European Energy Community - which saw the signing of a Memorandum on Implementation Partnership between the Economy Ministry, the National Agency for Energy Regulation (ARNE) and the Energy Community Secretariat - took place in Chisinau yesterday.
Moldova adopted new gas and electricity laws back in December 2009 as a precondition to accession to the Energy Community, which extends the EU internal energy market to South East Europe and enhances the overall security of supply. In order to further align Moldova’s legal framework with that of the Energy Community Treaty, a shift in focus from primary to secondary legislation is now the needed, the conference heard.
To this end, the Memorandum commits Moldova to adopting all necessary secondary legislation in a timely and compliant manner. According to an Energy Community press release, the Ministry and ARNE will involve all domestic stakeholders in regular working groups and seek the Secretariat’s advice and expertise throughout the process.
“Such a co-operation already prevails in Moldova. I have no doubt – Moldova will master also the challenge of timely development of the secondary legislation,” said Director Slavtcho Neykov, who signed the Memorandum in the name of the Secretariat.
According to the press release, the conference also focused on how business is conducted within the Moldovan energy sector and how the Energy Community supports this. As Moldova is characterised by a total dependency on imported primary energy resources, the construction of interconnectors and an increase in domestic generation were also regarded as pressing issues.
The establishment of a new energy efficiency agency and efforts to create an energy efficiency fund were also welcomed by conference participants, especially given Moldova’s high energy intensity - three times higher than the EU average. The Secretariat also welcomed Moldova’s efforts to launch a social strategy to accompany market reforms and promote social dialogue among stakeholders.
The Energy Community entered into force on 1 July 2006. The parties have committed themselves to liberalise their energy markets and implement key EU legal acts in the area of electricity, gas, environment and renewable energy. In December 2009 the Energy Community Ministerial Council decided on the accession of Moldova and Ukraine. (ENPI Info Centre)