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Albania addresses ‘Decarbonisation Roadmap’ at Informal Ministerial Council

As the current holder of the Energy Community Presidency, Albania recently hosted the Energy Community’s Informal Ministerial Council Meeting to discuss the implementation of the organisation’s Decarbonisation Roadmap (30 June).

The adoption of an effective emissions trading system was recognised as a crucial step towards promoting carbon neutrality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the Energy Community.

“The recent adoption of the EU CBAM [Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism] Regulation underscores a set of commitments already made by the Contracting Parties and supported by the Decarbonisation Roadmap from 2021. Swift progress in the fields of electricity integration and a common approach to carbon pricing will be pivotal, considering the accession process to the EU, in realizing the full potential of the internal energy market for electricity, facilitating the green energy transition in alignment with the objectives of the EU Green Deal,” said Artur Lorkowski, Energy Community Secretariat.

An informal meeting of the Ministerial Council usually takes place once per year. The Ministerial Council represents the governments of the Parties to the Energy Community Treaty and is the highest decision-making body of the Pan-European organisation. It formally convenes at least once a year.

“The European Commission is impressed with the region’s commitment to decarbonisation, and we stand united with you in your resolve to achieve climate neutrality. Today’s discussion on carbon pricing in the Energy Community is an important step forward in the implementation of the Decarbonisation Roadmap adopted in 2021, and we look forward to taking part in the talks on how best to design a regional emissions trading system, where Contracting Parties can join when ready. Designing such an emissions trading system together, adapted to the needs of the region and with gradual effect, will both have a positive impact on your accession path and diminish the impact of the carbon border adjustment mechanism, which will enter into effect in 2026,” said Kurt Vanderberghe, European Commission’s Director-General of Climate Action.

The meeting’s agenda also focused on assessing lessons from previous winter seasons and identifying the next steps to ensure readiness for the upcoming winter. Participants shared their experiences and best practices to enhance energy security and maintain stable energy supplies throughout challenging winter conditions.

“As the holder of the Presidency of the Energy Community, Albania actively supports the establishment of a regional framework for emissions trading. We strongly encourage all contracting parties to join this endeavour, recognising the critical importance of alignment and agreement at the highest level for the effectiveness of any regional initiative we undertake,” said Belinda Balluku, Albania’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Infrastructure Minister.

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