The Energy Community is an international organisation dealing with energy policy. The organisation was established by an international law treaty in October 2005 in Athens, Greece. The Treaty entered into force in July 2006. The Parties to Treaty establishing Energy Community are the European Union, on one hand, and 8 Contracting Parties from the South East Europe and Black Sea region. The Energy Community Secretariat has its seat in Vienna, Austria. The Secretariat's role is to monitor the proper implementation by the Parties of their obligations under this Treaty, and to submit yearly progress reports to the Ministerial Council.
Violeta Kogalniceanu is Head of Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency at the Energy Community Secretariat and is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the energy efficiency legal framework in the Contracting Parties, and supporting their investments in infrastructure. She is working closely with the donors' community (European Commission, EBRD, the World Bank, GIZ, USAID, EIB) and helping countries to promote their investment programmes in both energy efficiency and energy infrastructure.