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Minister Omerzel and Commissioner Oettinger at ACER Annual Conference

Ljubljana, 17 May 2013 - The Minister of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Samo Omerzel, has attended the second annual conference of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). On the margins of the conference, he also met with the European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger. ACER was officially launched on 3 March 2011, when it began operating in Ljubljana, Slovenia; it is the first European agency to be based in Ljubljana. ACER’s mission is to ensure the proper functioning of the single EU energy market for electricity and natural gas, to support national energy regulators in performing their regulatory functions at EU level, and to coordinate their actions when necessary.

The ACER Annual Conference, which marks the work of the agency, is a meeting of key institutions and stakeholders in the EU energy sector. At the conference, Minister Omerzel addressed participants on behalf of the host country.  In his address, he stressed that hosting the European energy summit was a notable achievement for Slovenia, demonstrating the trust placed in Slovenia to actively help shape European energy policy. A great deal has already been done, but the most crucial task still lies ahead: the creation of a truly open and transparent energy market. He said that in order for this to be achieved, effective energy infrastructure should be established. Conference participants took note of Slovenia being a well-developed and open market, despite delays in the implementation of the Third Energy Package.

On the margins of the conference, Mr Omerzel met with EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger. This was their first meeting and was mainly devoted to discussing challenges faced by Slovenia in implementing the Third Energy Package. Minister Omerzel informed Commissioner Oettinger that the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning was stepping up the preparation of an umbrella organic law on energy (EZ-1) for the entire Slovenian energy sector.