Regulation

Mains points

The objectives of an effective regulatory framework are to:

  • guarantee the existence of non-discriminatory access conditions to electricity and natural gas networks
  • ensure real competition
  • guarantee the good operation of the internal energy market

Since the adoption of the first Community measures relating to the internal energy market in the mid-90s, the minimum obligations of the Member States as regards regulation and the minimum jurisdiction of the regulation bodies were harmonised and reinforced.

A better cooperation and coordination between the European national regulation bodies is essential to pursue the integration of the electricity and gas markets in Europe. CRE cooperates closely with its European counterparts in order to create a true internal energy market in the European Union.

Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)

CRE is a member of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) since its creation in March 2000. The CEER is a non-profit association under Belgian law, gathering the regulation bodies of the 27 Member States, as well as those of Iceland and Norway.

In February 2011, Michel Thiollière, member of the Board of CRE, was elected to one of the five CEER vice-presidencies.

CRE holds the presidency of two work groups within the CEER.International Strategy Group (ISG)

International Strategy Group (ISG)

The ISG group, which is in charge of defining and implementing the CEER international strategy, plays an important coordination role between the European regulation bodies and their counterparts outside of the European Union.

Its three priorities are:

  • the reinforcement of the provisioning security
  • the communication of the European Union acquis
  • the development of relations with the other regional regulator associations

ISG is co-presided over by Michel Thiollière and by the chairwoman of the Swedish regulation body.

Retail Market and Customer Working Group (RMC WG)

This group works on consumer rights, smart metering and the design and monitoring of retail markets. It promotes competition in the interest of the consumers. Together with the participants in the market, it defines the positions of the CEER in its field and makes them known, in particular in the Citizens’ Energy Forum.

Patricia de Suzzoni, advisor to the President of CRE, presides over this work group.

 CEER Website

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

The CRE is a member of the Regulator Council of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). Created by Regulation (CE) N°713/2009 of 13 July 2009 and in operation since the 3 March 2011, its purpose is to help the national regulation bodies to carry out and coordinate their regulation tasks on the Community level and, if necessary, to supplement their actions. It is, among other things, in charge of monitoring the compliance with networks codes by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity and Gas (ENTSO). It has individual decision powers over transborder subjects (for example: security and access conditions, exemptions).
The creation of ACER led to the abolition of the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG), which had been created by the European Commission on 11 November 2003.

 ACER Website

The Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

CRE participates in the conferences, workshops and training courses organised by the Florence School of Regulation, which is the result of a partnership between the European University Institute and the CEER.

 Florence School of Regulation website

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