The European Commission said that if within two months Bulgaria does not provide a satisfactory explanation of how comply with European standards for transmission and supply of gas and electricity, it will take action against the country in the Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
The reason is that the period to adapt to European Bulgarian law expired on March 8, 2011, while Bulgaria and 7 countries "have done nothing to implement them," said Dnes.bg.
It's two adopted in 2009 directives that require the separation of ownership of pipelines and electricity networks in the supply of gas and electricity. The owners of the transmission infrastructure to enable all suppliers wishing to transfer energy and energy through them, but the opening of domestic markets, is not a fact yet.
European legislation also provides for strengthening the powers of national regulators for the functioning of markets.
There is a clear regulation of business retail markets. In particular, consumers are entitled to 3 weeks to change their supplier of electricity or gas, an estimated Brussels can save an average of 100 per year per household.
European Commission has already signaled that two months ago asked Sofia to open their markets for gas and electricity for new operators.
Model for restructuring the National Electricity Company (NEC) and Electricity System Operator (ESO) will be split by property within the vertically integrated structure of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH).
This mid-February said when presenting the bill to change in the Energy Act before the Parliamentary Committee on Economy and Energy Deputy Minister Delian Dobrev. The bill for legal reasons, are also three options for restructuring third energy liberalization package allows the EC to be elected by the largest energy companies in the EU, but the choice in Bulgaria is said model, said Dobrev.
In the division by two state owned electricity company NEK - as public electricity supplier - will deal with production and trade of electricity. Taking ownership of the company will remain hydropower plants (HPPs). Grid after the split will become property of the ESO, who shall be responsible for electricity transmission and network management. Independent transmission operator will have to prepare 10-year network development to be approved by the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SEWRC).
Other countries that received a final warning today, Cyprus, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Estonia.