Workshop on energy security for Bosnia and Herzegovina lawmakers to take place in Sarajevo tomorrow

14 December 2009

SARAJEVO – The workshop “Energy Community and Regional Security“, will be held in Sarajevo tomorrow, focusing on the implementation of Energy Community (EnC) Treaty and related market developments in South East Europe. The event is co-organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with support of the EnC Secretariat.

The seminar targets members of parliament and parliamentary expert staff of Bosnia and Herzegovina dealing with energy issues on national and entity levels.

The participants will talk about the EnC Treaty as a legal basis and the progress achieved so far by Bosnia and Herzegovina in implementing its Treaty obligations. Also, energy security and the role of the EnC, climate change and national security, investments, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and social dimension of the EnC will be subject to discussions. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) representative will also present the UN agency's contribution to the development of energy efficiency in South East Europe.

Welcoming remarks will be delivered by Branko Dokić, Chairman of the Committee for Transport and Communications, Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Miroslav Kukobat, Senior Expert on Infrastructure and Energy of the RCC Secretariat, will give a keynote speech, while Slavtcho Neykov, Director of the EnC Secretariat, will outline the tasks, structures and the latest work programme 2010-2011 of the Energy Community.

The meeting is a part of a series of events organized based on the conclusions of the regional workshop “Parliaments – Support to Harmonized Energy Reforms in South East Europe”, held in Sarajevo on 15 December 2008, in order to facilitate lawmaking and increase the ability of parliaments to oversee their governments in energy reform process.

Journalists are invited to attend the event on Tuesday, 15 December 2009, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Trg BiH 1, hall 1/I, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.