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Serbia is the top performer in implementing Energy Community acquis

Serbia has been the regional top performer in implementing the Energy Community acquis in 2023, said Artur Lorkowski, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, during his visit to Serbia aimed at strengthening cooperation and advancing energy sector reforms.

Mr Lorkowski pointed out Serbia’s progress with the recent revisions to the Energy Law that effectively laid the groundwork for unbundling electricity and gas transmission systems. Also, the launch of the intraday electricity market in July 2023 marked a significant milestone and the timely submission of Serbia’s draft National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) was acknowledged as a key achievement.

Mr Lorkowski also emphasised Serbia’s strides in adopting long-term strategies for low-emission development and building renovations, revising the Renewable Energy Law and initiating the first auction for renewable energy.

Looking ahead, the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat emphasised the need for the rapid transposition and implementation of the Electricity Integration Package, which is crucial for the coupling of Serbia’s short-term markets. He called for the certification of gas transmission and storage operators and the guarantee of third-party access at interconnection points to eliminate barriers for new market entrants. He also stressed the importance of the final adoption of the NECP, consistent with recommendations from the Secretariat.

Additionally, Mr Lorkowski urged the swift transposition of EU regulations concerning the security of the gas supply and the regulation of risk-preparedness in the electricity sector. He underscored the need for immediate action to regulate environmental impact assessments in compliance with EU standards.

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