02 Jul 2015

Effective Regional Energy Policy Cooperation in South East Europe: A Proposal

Christian Egenhofer / Anna Dimitrova / Julian Popov

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The implementation of regional energy policy cooperation initiatives is a priority of both the Energy Union and the so-called 2030 Energy and Climate Framework. The Energy Union proposal has singled out south east Europe as one area in which to act.

This report identifies the seven key elements that need to be addressed to bring existing and planned regional energy policy cooperation initiatives in south east Europe to life: i) a sound geographical definition, ii) a governance structure, iii) voluntary participation, iv) exchange of information and best practice, v) the development of an external dimension, vi) regional infrastructure planning and development and vii) streamlining the financing instruments across the region.

The study finds that significant progress has been made in many areas, and makes concrete proposals to unlock the full potential of coordination in those areas where there is limited progress.  These proposals have been tested in discussions in the region.

Christian Egenhofer is Senior Fellow, Head of Energy and Climate programme at CEPS, Anna Dimitrova is a CEPS Research Assistant and Julian Popov is a Fellow of the European Climate Foundation.