31 January 2018
During his visit to Tirana today, Director Kopač met with key Albanian energy sector stakeholders to take stock of achieved reforms and the priorities ahead. Starting with a presentation in the Parliament of Albania hosted by the Committee on Productive Activity, Trade and Environment, Mr Kopač acknowledged the progress made by Albania thus far, but stressed that reforms must continue apace in order for the country’s energy consumers to truly benefit from the changes. The country should take steps towards establishing a fully competitive wholesale and retail electricity market. Moreover, the creation of a national power exchange, whose establishment is in delay, would be a real game changer not just for Albania, but also for the region.
The legal and functional unbundling of the country’s electricity distribution system operator, OSHEE, in line with the Third Energy Package is another key priority. This is currently subject to an infringement case launched by the Secretariat earlier this month. The Secretariat agreed to host a meeting of all key stakeholders in late February to assist Albania in this endeavour.
Mr Kopač held bilateral meetings with Minister of Energy and Industry, Damian Gjiknuri, Chair of the Committee on Productive Activity, Trade and Environment, Eduard Shalsi and CEO of distribution system operator OSHEE, Adrian Cela.
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