E-Control has substantially contributed to the establishment of the European Internal Energy Market. We have been successfully involved at all levels of international regulation since E-Control was established in 2001. The intensity of our international work has increased further since the third energy package came into force.
E-Control is member of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) and of course we are also active in the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), established by the 3rd package. E-Control staff members chair several CEER and ACER task forces and actively enhance European cooperation.
Liberalisation of the energy markets at European level aims to create internal markets for electricity and gas. The European Regulators’ Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG), a forerunner to ACER, initiated the so-called Regional Initiatives. As a stepping stone towards the final goal, seven electricity and three gas regions work on first integrating their regional markets. Austria's location in the heart of Europe makes E-Control an active member of several of these electricity regions and of the gas region South South-East Europe.
The European Commission created a number of energy fora at European level, such as the Florence Forum for electricity or the Madrid Forum for gas, which are also meant to contribute to the harmonisation of energy markets throughout Europe and to bring all stakeholders together for fruitful discussions. After some experience with the gas and electricity fora, the Commission also created a forum dedicated to consumer issues. It takes place annually in London. The youngest is the Copenhagen Forum, which is all about infrastructure. E-Control has actively provided input to these fora from the very start, contributing to the future development of energy markets and their liberalisation in Europe.
We are also active in the Energy Community of south-east Europe. E-Control is a so-called "participant" in the Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) to further the development of energy markets in the western Balkans.
E-Control's staff are highly qualified and renowned for their expertise. We do not just participate in exchange programmes and best practice networks but we actively promote them. Our staff are sought-after speakers and contributors in EU projects and programmes. Also, we regularly host international delegations that come to visit E-Control at our premises in Vienna. This way, they get a first-hand impression of how liberalisation is handled in Austria and at E-Control.