CAN Europe Positions

This document represents the agreed position on the Reform of the Energy Community. We call for the Energy Community to include a functioning enforcement mechanism. We demand that the EU’s environmental and social standards are applied across the Energy Community countries.

The Energy Community is an organisation set up to help the countries of the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region adopt and implement the EU energy acquis. It was established in 2006 for an intial period of 10 years. In October 2013, its Ministerial Council agreed to extend it for another 10 years, while simultaneously acknowledging its major shortcomings regarding enforcement, investment attraction, monitoring and more.

“This report clearly demonstrates that the Energy Community needs redoubled commitment from its members to support the EU's long-term decarbonisation and environmental protection goals,” said Dragana Mileusnic of CAN Europe.

The recent flooding of homes, coal mines and power plants across the Balkans, caused by the type of extreme weather event that will become more frequent with mounting climate impacts, demonstrate that sustainable energy policies are crucial components of security and sustainability in the region. The new report explains how the extension and reform of the Energy Community Treaty presents a golden opportunity to meet the region’s energy challenges with a united approach.

Download  pdf Recommendations for the reform of the energy community treaty (511 KB)



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    CAN Europe is asking both policymakers and grid operators to make the TYNDP fully compatible with the Paris Agreement. European energy infrastructure urgently needs to be prepared for a 100% renewable energy system, making use of all flexibility options in a swift and cost-effective way.
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    Are EU member-states in Southeast Europe ready for timely and just transition beyond coal? For the Western Balkans, membership hopefuls, the question is how much longer can public subsidies and Chinese loans keep coal zombie alive at growing cost to health, livelihoods, and the environment?
  • Submission - Feedback on ENTSOS' Proposals for TYNDP 2022 Storylines

    Future energy infrastructure planning in Europe needs to be fully aligned with the Paris Agreement. CAN Europe recommends to increase variation of TYNDP 2022 storylines by assessing higher ambition of greenhouse gas emission reductions. In order to reach the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement, a trajectory towards net-zero emissions in 2040 should be assessed. Instead of primarily opposing “decentralised” and “global” solutions in the TYNDP 2022 storylines, at least one scenario should analyse how to prepare European energy infrastructure for a 100% renewable energy system in the most efficient way, combining the best out of both “decentralised” and “global” futures.
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