Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Antić, opened the 8th Oil Forum, which took place on 28-29 September in Belgrade. Welcoming the Forum on behalf of the Government of Serbia, Mr Antić thanked the Secretariat for organizing this important event and for the support it provides to the Contracting Parties in fulfilling their commitments.
The Secretariat outlined the current state of play with respect to the transposition process of the Oil Stocks Directive in the Contracting Parties. The Secretariat presented a proposal for a General Policy Guideline concerning a Roadmap on Implementation of Certain Deadlines of the Oil Stocks Directive 2009/119/EC in the Energy Community. The Forum agreed that the adoption of the Roadmap was a priority for all Contracting Parties. The Roadmap should be regularly updated with a view to meeting all the intermediate deadlines necessary to achieve the full implementation of the Oil Stocks Directive by the 2023 deadline.
The European Commission briefed the Forum on the ongoing public consultation aimed at collecting views and suggestions from stakeholders and citizens for the purposes of the ongoing evaluation of the Oil Stocks Directive. Based on the results of the public consultation and other information available, the Commission will issue a mid-term evaluation of the Directive in early 2017.