February 12, 2021, Kyiv – Romanian National Energy Regulatory Authority, ANRE adopted a decision to apply the requirements of the EU Network Codes at the borders of the Energy Community Contracting Parties. In particular, this relates to Romania’s interconnection points with Moldova and Ukraine. Such regulatory adjustments open up new prospects for further cooperation between Gas TSO of Ukraine and the Romanian side.
First and foremost, GTSOU expects from Romanian colleagues to introduce capacity allocation at auctions (a requirement of EU Network Codes) at the border with Ukraine. Moreover, Gas TSO of Ukraine is also ready to sign additional agreements on cooperation at other existing interstate interconnection points.
“GTSOU welcomes the regulatory adjustments of ANRE. Cooperation based on the rules of the Network Codes will contribute to the development of cross-border trading of natural gas, and for its part will have a positive impact on the price formation in the region. We also expect the increase of the economic attractiveness of natural gas transportation through the Trans-Balkan corridor,” said Olga Bielkova, Director on Government and International Affairs, commenting on the decision.
ANRE is the first regulator among the EU Member States to include in the National legislation the obligation to apply the requirements of the Network Codes at the interconnection points with countries – Contracting Parties of the Energy Community, such as Ukraine and Moldova. In other countries, the cooperation on the basis of Network Codes with Energy Community Contracting Parties has been introduced on a voluntary basis. And, as it was highlighted by Energy Community Secretariat, the regulatory authority of the Slovak Republic is still delaying the adoption of the relevant decision.