The “Forum” of National Petroleum Committees of the South-East Europe Region Gains Momentum

Leaders of national petroleum committees of the South-East European countries members of the World Petroleum Council (WPC) reed on 11 September in Belgrade to establish the practice of regular meetings aimed at joint search for solutions of their coinciding challenges and issues faced by their members.
On behalf of the Serbian National Petroleum Committee the meeting was opened by President Petar Skundric and NPCS Vice President and NIS CEO Kirill Kravchenko.
Beside presidents and secretaries of the national petroleum committees of Macedonia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Serbia, the host of the meeting, it was also attended by the President of the World Petroleum Council, Mr. Jozsef Toth, who was elected at the WPC congress held in Moscow this summer, to lead in the forthcoming three years the organization that gathers 69 national committees worldwide. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Toth emphasized the WPC readiness to help further strengthening of regional cooperation between its members in this region, as well as implementation of their proposals, particularly in the field of oil-related legislation.
Summarizing the very comprehensive and open discussion, the Chairman of the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia (NPCS), Mr. Petar Skundric, PhD, expressed his expectations that this „forum“, initiated at the last year meeting of national committees from former Yugoslavia states held in Slovenia, will be extended to the whole region of South-East Europe, which is geographically, economically and infrastructure-wise connected by a series of mutual interests.
The Belgrade meeting opened several serious issues for further consultations, professional workshops and agreements, from the general goal of achieving energy safety, through specific upstream and downstream, up to proposals for enhancement of European legislation related to the issues of strategic oil reserves, share of bio-fuel in energy mixes etc.  The issue of activities aimed at potential integration of energy sectors at the regional level, for a more rational use of limited raw material resources, as well as the use of strategically extremely significant position at the transport routes of oil  and natural gas towards the European market was also opened.
National Petroleum Committee of Macedonia expressed their readiness to host the consultative meeting next year.