Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava officially opened a seminar for the MPs during which the legislative package on energy efficiency and energy sector was discussed. The Parliamentary Committee on Sector Economy and Economic Policy, the EU4Energy Governance Project and the Energy Union Secretariat organized the seminar in Likani. The EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell and the Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopač also welcomed the participants of the seminar.
Participants of the seminar discussed the draft legislative amendments in the energy sector that was prepared in accordance with the implementation of the commitments undertaken by Georgia with the Association Agreement to harmonize the energy legislation of Georgia with the European Union legislation. Among the other commitments, there is a bill on energy, as well as the bills on energy efficiency, energy efficiency of buildings and renewable energy.
In the welcoming speech, the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava emphasized how significant the Government considers the legislative amendments planned within the Energy Union. According to Natia Turnava, it will be possible to establish European standards in the Georgian energy sector, which, first of all, will make local energy more liberal and competitive.
The Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development noted that the legislative package is already approved by the Government and will be sent to the Parliament for the approval in the nearest future. Turnava highlighted the Draft Law on Energy, which enables consumers of energy resources to make choices between the competitive suppliers and decide from whom to buy electricity and natural gas. “This activity will be competitive and completely deregulated. At the same time, activities related to the electricity and gas transportation infrastructure will be very strictly regulated by independent regulators, as they will be natural monopolies and consumers’ rights should also be protected,” – the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development noted.
Another issue that the MPs discusses at the seminar was the energy efficiency policy and related legislative initiatives. According to Natia Turnava, the country’s economy as well as the electricity and natural gas consumption is rapidly increasing. “We need not only to build new stations but to manage our consumption, make it more rational and the Europe’s best practice and experience in this regard should be introduced immediately,” – the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development added.
The seminar will be finished on February 2.
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