The Act on Amendments to the Gas Market Act entered into force on 23rd of February 2017 and become fully applicable as from 1st of April 2017 (published in the Official Gazette of Croatia No. 16/17). The Croatian Government should appoint, following the tendering procedure, a wholesale gas supplier in the gas market for a definite period of time, which would be obliged by law to sell gas under regulated conditions to other suppliers in the public service obligation for household customers and to ensure reliable and secure gas supply.
Tender has to be conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Energy in cooperation with the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency and the Croatian Gas Market Operator). Until then, the state-owned electricity company HRVATSKA ELEKTROPRIVREDA Plc. (HEP) was appointed as a wholesale gas supplier to other suppliers in the public service obligation for household customers. As a wholesale gas supplier, HEP is obliged, from 1st of April 2017, to sell gas under regulated conditions to suppliers in the public service obligation for household customers and to ensure reliable and secure gas supply. The regulated price, at which HEP is obliged to sell gas to the suppliers, is set pursuant to the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the period from 1st of April 2017 to 31st of March 2018.