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Section of Development of Trade in Energy Resources

Section of Development of Trade in Energy Resources was created in July 2015 with the aim of exercising the Department's functions on matters related to the expansion of integration directions in the energy sector, including matters of energy security, energy saving, energy efficiency, and the development of trade in energy resources.

Activities of Section of Development of Trade in Energy Resources:

1.            Monitoring of the performance by the EAEU Member States of their obligations in the energy sector provided for by Section ХХ "Energy" of the Treaty

In accordance with Article 85 of Section ХХ "Energy" of the Treaty, the Commission shall monitor the implementation of the provisions of the above section.

Monitoring offers the possibility: to keep track of amendments made to the legislation of Member States in connection with the implementation of the provisions of Section ХХ "Energy" of the Treaty, programs and development strategies in the energy sector adopted in the Member States and measures for their coordination, as well as measures to ensure free access to services of natural monopoly entities in the field of energy, including the fundamentals of pricing and tariff policy; to identify barriers to the interstate transmission of electricity across the territory of the Member States; to obtain any other information necessary for the establishment of common markets of energy resources.          

Summary information for the previous year is annually submitted for the consideration of the Board and the Council of the Commission.

2.            Making amendments to the Treaty in terms of expanding the areas of energy cooperation

As part of its work on the improvement of the Treaty, the Department put forward an initiative to supplement it by new Article 79.1 providing for the expansion of energy cooperation between the Member States on energy security, energy saving, energy efficiency, increasing the use of renewable energy sources (RES), and improving the environmental situation. This proposal was supported by all Member States, except the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Beginning from 2017, this work has involved holding annual scientific and practical conferences on the state of the fuel and energy complex of the Union Member States, the analysis of the main directions of the EAEU Member States' development in energy efficiency, energy saving, energy security, and improving the environmental situation, as well as on the organization of the production of high efficiency equipment as part of import substitution.

In March 2018, the Statement of Cooperation on Increasing Energy Efficiency and the Use of Renewable Energy Sources was signed between the Department and the National Energy Saving Union of the Russian Federation. On November 2, 2018, the Memorandum of Cooperation on energy saving, energy efficiency, and RES development was signed between the EEC and the CIS Electric Power Council (CIS EPC).

On October 24, 2019, the EEC hosted an international round table on the topic "Creation of Common Energy Markets and the Role of RES in Increasing Energy Security" organized by the EEC jointly with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the Executive Committee of the CIS EPC.

International experience in energy saving, energy efficiency, RES development, and environmental protection is currently being analyzed.

3.            Work on Strategic Directions for the Development of Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025

This document reflected the main directions of the Department's activities that are related to the establishment of the Union's common markets of energy resources, as well as new initiatives on the development of integration cooperation between the Member States on energy saving, energy efficiency, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and improving the environmental situation.

4.            Removal of barriers, exceptions and restrictions in the field of energy in the Union's internal market

The energy sector in the EAEU internal market currently has 11 restrictions and 2 exceptions entered into the Agreed List formed by the Commission. Their removal is directly related to the process of establishing the Union's common markets of energy resources and the entry into force of the relevant international treaties. Time limits for the implementation of these measures are documented in the Treaty.

5.            International cooperation

Work aimed at exercising the Department's main functions in terms of international activities was performed in 2016-2019 with a number of the governing bodies of the European Union in the energy sector, the UN structures, and international organizations. A number of Memoranda of Understanding were prepared and signed (with the World Energy Council, the Executive Committee of the CIS Electric Power Council, the German Energy Agency (dena), the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, etc.).