Energy saving has been identified as strategic priority to ease energy intensity in the six countries (WB6) of the Western Balkans. The WB6 countries are members of the Energy Community, whose mission is to extend the EU internal energy market to South East Europe.
In 2009, the Energy Community recognised the importance of energy efficiency and decided to incorporate the relevant EU directives into its legal framework. Energy Community members must thus implement three directives: the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Labelling Directive.
The Energy Efficiency Coordination Group (EECG), in partnership with Energy Community members and observers, focuses on helping with the transposition to national regulations. It sets key coordination mechanisms, identifies gaps and ensures that there are no overlaps.
The EECG also monitor EU-supported financial schemes such as the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) and the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (REEP I and REEP II). GGF is a revolving fund structured as a public private partnership focusing on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Balkans, Turkey and Eastern Neighbourhood regions. REEP is an integrated package of finance, technical assistance and policy dialogue implemented jointly with the Energy Community Secretariat.
Further information is available on the Western Balkan Investment Framework's website