Annual Meeting of the High-level Group on Central and South-Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC)

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE)







Boyana Residence

On 29 June, 2018, the fifth Meeting of the High-Level Group on Central and South-Eastern Europe Connectivity (CESEC) will take place in Boyana Residence, Sofia. Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova will host the forum. The Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, Deputy Prime-Minister Tomislav Donchev, as well as energy ministers from the region and other guests are expected to attend the event.

The participants will discuss the state of play and progress made on priority gas projects in the region, regional cooperation in the field of electricity, RES and energy efficiency and other. A number of documents will be signed during the meeting, such as exemption decision of the national regulators for IGB, cooperation agreement with the Trans Adriatic pipeline /TAP/, memorandum of understanding between the Bulgarian Energy Holding and the European Investment Bank relating to the construction of IGB and others.

We recall that the initiative for gas interconnectivity in Central and South Eastern Europe was launched in Sofia, in February 2015. The aim of the High Level Group is to deepen regional cooperation in the gas sector, to ensure security and sustainability of supply and competitiveness of EU energy policy. At the Bucharest meeting last year, the initiative was complemented by a joint approach on electricity market, energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy.





Signing ceremony


Press conference


Part 1


Part 2


29 June 2018 | Friday


Arrivals at Boyana Residence


Opening Session

Welcoming remarks by Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria Welcome by Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner on Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete; introduction to the Agenda of the day.


State of play and next steps in the implementation of the CESEC Memorandum of Understanding and Action Plan on gas

Presentation and discussion by the Commission and Ministers on: ˗ Overview of the progress achieved on gas priority projects and the Gas Action Plan 2.1 ˗ State of play of the physical reverse flow project on the Trans-Balkan HIGH LEVEL GROUP - CESEC 2018 BULGARIA ˗ Symbolic ceremony for the start of construction works on the Romanian section of the Bulgaria- Romania- Hungary- Austria (BRUA) project


Steering energy transition in the CESEC region: regional cooperation in the areas of electricity, renewables and energy efficiency

˗ Presentation by the Commission of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on a Joint approach on electricity market, energy efficiency and renewable development ˗ Comments from the Energy Community Secretariat


Progress and discussion on renewables and energy efficiency

˗ Report by the Commission on the Energy Efficiency Forum ˗ Presentation by Commission of EFSI 2.0 and of the new proposal for Connecting Europe Facility including cross border renewable projects ˗ Comments from IRENA on renewable's potential in the CESEC region ˗ Comments from the International Financial Institutions


Regional cooperation in the area of electricity

˗ Overview progresses achieved on electricity projects ˗ Presentation of smart grid project SINCRO.Grid ˗ Symbolic ceremony for the Connecting Europe Facility grant Cernavoda - Staplu (Romanian internal reinforcement) ˗ Symbolic ceremony for the increase of 30% capacity between Slovakia and Ukraine


Ceremony for the start of investment and works for Interconnector Greece – Bulgaria

˗ Video presentation of the project and of the main achievements ˗ Statements by Ministers, the European Commission and the project promoter (ICGB) ˗ Announcement of the project promoter's inclusion as a beneficiary for a European Regional Development Fund grant by the Bulgarian Monitoring Committee ˗ Signature ceremonies: o Project promoter's exemption decision(s) by the National Regulatory Authorities HIGH LEVEL GROUP - CESEC 2018 BULGARIA o Cooperation Agreement with Trans Adriatic pipeline o Preliminary Interconnection Agreement with Bulgartransgaz o Preliminary Interconnection Agreement with DESFA o Memorandum of Understanding between Bulgarian Energy Holding and the European Investment Bank o Term sheet of Intergovernmental Agreement for tax purposes - initialization by the Energy Ministers of Bulgaria and Greece


Adoption of meeting conclusions


Press conference

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