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

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE)

from

29.06.2018

09:00

to

29.06.2018

17:00

Boyana Residence

Agenda

29 June 2018 | Friday

08:30-09:00

Arrivals at Boyana Residence

09:00-09:30

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.

09:30-10:30

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

10:30-10:45

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

10:45-11:30

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

11:30-12:00

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

12:00-12:40

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

12:40-12:50

Adoption of meeting conclusions

12:50-13:25

Press conference

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