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News announcement19 January 2024Directorate-General for Energy

Central and south-eastern European energy ministers reconfirm energy priorities for the region in Athens meeting

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Energy Ministers from the Central and South-Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC) members met in Athens, Greece today to take stock of the achievements of the CESEC region since the last Ministerial meeting in 2021. The discussions steered the direction of future work in relation to the region’s priorities in energy infrastructure and market integration, resulting in a set of Ministerial conclusions, an updated action plan on electricity and renewable energy and an updated action plan on gases.

The Commissioner of Energy, Kadri Simson, said:

"Since our last meeting in Ljubljana in 2021, European energy markets and policy framework have gone through what is probably the most challenging and turbulent period in a generation. . Our work has been central for enabling the region to emerge from the energy crisis without major disturbances. CESEC has much to be proud of. Many of our previous priority infrastructure projects and market integration actions have been completed. Now, to meet the EU Green Deal and REPowerEU objectives, the CESEC region needs to step up its efforts for renewable energy deployment, including for renewable and low-carbon gases."

The Central and South-Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC), established in 2015, is one of four regional High-Level Groups chaired by the European Commission with the aim to coordinate political efforts to accelerate the integration of regional electricity and gas markets. Its primary objective is to provide political support and facilitate energy infrastructure development and regulatory improvements.

The regional work of CESEC is guided by two Memoranda of Understanding, Ministerial Conclusions, and detailed Action Plans. The CESEC High-Level Group includes Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine, the Energy Community Secretariat and the Commission on behalf of the EU. 

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Publication date
19 January 2024
Directorate-General for Energy