Brussels, 3 October 2002
"Liberalising Trade and Investment in the Eurasian Power Sector" attracted over 120 participants and was aimed at stimulating a dialogue between governments, industry and regulators from across the Charter's Eurasian constituency on how an integrated Eurasian electricity market can be achieved whilst ensuring economic efficiency and security of supply for the whole continent in an environmentally sustainable manner. Among the main issues addressed were the role of market integration in reducing investment risks, the role of regulatory bodies in removing obstacles to trade and investments in the power sector, and the challenges of ensuring proper regulation of competitive electricity markets. Discussion also focused on the role of international legal instruments in removing barriers to interregional electricity trade, with a particular emphasis on the relevance of the Energy Charter Treaty, which extends WTO-based rules to electricity trade between all of its member states, including those that are not yet full members of the WTO.
Participants heard presentations from "RAO UES Rossii" Board member Anatoly Zelinsky on progress made in reforming Russia's electricity sector, from CIS Electric Power Council Executive Committee Chairman Vladimir Djangirov on prospects for establishing synchronous operation of the electricity networks of eastern and western Europe, and from representatives of, among others, EURELECTRIC, the EBRD, OECD, IEA, UNCTAD and Electricité de France on the experience to date of operating regional electricity markets in Eurasia and the lessons learned in terms of obstacles to trade and investment.
Presentations are available for downloading below.
List of Participants
ECS - Regional Electricity Markets in the ECT Area
ECS - The Case Against Environment-Related Restrictions to Electricity Trade - by Janusz Bielecki and Leif Ervik
BALTREL - Baltrel Position Papers on Deregulated Power Market around Baltic Sea Region
CEPMLP - International Energy Trade and Access to Energy Networks - by Thomas Waelde and Andreas Gunst
CIS ELECTRIC POWER COUNCIL - Current Status and Development of CIS Countries' Power Sectors - by V. Dzhangirov
EDF - The Case for Further Integration of Regional Power Networks (E-7/EDF)
ERRA - 4th Annual Regional Energy Regulatory Conference for Central/Eastern Europe and Eurasia
EURELECTRIC - Position on Electricity Imports from Non-EU Countries
EURELECTRIC - Protocol (Joint Meeting of CIS EPC & EURELECTRIC)
EURELECTRIC - Towards a pan-European Energy Market: Electricity Sector Reform in the Candidate Countries, Balkan Countries and the Russian Federation
Energy Trade under the ECT and Accession to WTO by Steivan Defilla
IEA - The Impact of Liberalization on Investment Performance - by Ralf Dickel
INSTITUTE KAZNIPIENERGOPROM - Market Reform of Kazakhstan's Electricity Sector - by G.A. Papafanasopulo
Legislative efforts of the Russian Government to create a favourable investment climate in the Russian power sector - by A. Vinogradova
OECD - OECD Perspectives on Competition Policy and Regulatory Reform in the Electricity Sector
OECD - Regulation, Industry Structure and Performance in the Electricity Supply Industry
UCTE - Market Reforms and Network Development in the Eurasian Power Sectors - by F. Vandenberghe
UNCTAD - International Trade in Energy Services and the Developing Countries - by S. Zarrilli
Институт Казнипиэнергопром - Рыночные реформы в электроэнергетическом секторе Казахстана - Г.А. Папафанасопуло
Исполнительный Комитет Электроэнергетического Совета СНГ - Некоторые аспекты современного состояния и развития электроэнергетики стран СНГ - В.А. Джангиров
УКРАИНА - Вопросы либерализации рынков электроэнергии в законодательстве Украины, соответствие законодательства Украины Директиве № 96/92/ЕС - Борщ И.Л.