New Advisory Forum of Balkan regulators
A new Advisory Forum was established of the National Regulatory Authorities of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro at the meeting held on 29 September in Thessaloniki. The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria, which initiated the Forum’s creation, was elected as its President during the first year of operation.
The main purpose of the Balkan Advisory Forum is to strengthen the cooperation between member countries in developing a stable regulatory and market framework that contributes to investments in the gas, electricity and water sectors and to ensure sustainable, competitive and affordable services to consumers. The Forum will provide a framework for discussion, exchange of experience and development of common views and recommendations on regulatory issues. The members will coordinate their actions to ensure energy supplies in the region through optimal use of interconnections and energy sources, suppliers and transmission routes diversification. An important focus of the Forum will be the efforts of the countries to encourage competition in the energy market at regional and European level and convergence of positions to establish harmonized, transparent and non-discriminatory rules for the regional market integration.