CEI Central European Initiative – Strengthening Energy Regulatory Authorities in the Western Balkans Phase II


The project is the second phase of capacity building initiative targeting National Energy Regulatory Authorities of Albania, Montenegro and Serbia the know-how on market coupling initiatives among EU members, with the aim to promote the creation of a Balkan regional electricity market integrated in the European one.

The project is promoted by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA) – with the support of I-Com (Institute for Competitiveness) and in coordination with the Italian Market Operator (Gme) and the Italian TSO (Terna). The project benefits from the financial support of the Central European Initiative (CEI) fund at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The KEP project is part of the Western Balkan 6 Process, through which some Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia) and EU (including Italy) and the European Commission will develop the necessary conditions for the integration of the Balkan electricity markets.

The general objective of the project is to contribute to strengthening the capacities of target Energy Authorities to manage the process of electricity market integration among their national electricity markets and with the Italian electricity market in accordance with EU best practices

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Contractual framework for day ahead market coupling;
  2. Market coupling cost assessment, cost sharing and cost recovery;
  3. Impact of new EU regulations on market coupling between Member States and Energy Community Contracting Parties.

Additional complementing topics might be included at a later stage upon request from beneficiaries.

During 2019, four technical seminars are scheduled.


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