Cooperation among energy regulatory authorities at EU level

In 2000, the energy regulators in Europe decided to put their international cooperation on a more solid basis and founded the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). The European Commission soon followed suit and established the European Regulators' Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) as its official advisory body – which was abolished again when, with the 3rd energy package, the European Commission decided in autumn 2009 to make regulatory cooperation more binding than before and created the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

The Council of European Energy Regulators

Apart from 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway are CEER members also, and Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Switzerland have joined as observers.

CEER primarily aims to contribute to the establishment of the European Internal Energy Market, but it also improves cooperation between the national regulatory authorities and promotes a harmonised implementation of the EU energy acquis in the member states.

For this purpose, the European energy regulators conduct large-scale monitoring studies in the electricity and gas sectors and advise the European Commission in this light. To facilitate the implementation of the energy acquis, the European energy regulators have issued guidelines of good practice on a variety of regulatory topics.

Apart from the monitoring exercises, the European energy regulators also advise the European Commission when it drafts new legislation for the electricity and gas sectors. They considerably contributed to the elaboration of the third energy package, which was adopted in autumn 2009.

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators

The establishment of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) through Regulation (EC) No 713/2009 in autumn 2010 put the voluntary cooperation among energy regulators on a firmer basis. The Regulation lists the tasks of the Agency and determines its organisational structure and decision process. The new institution has its seat in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

ACER's overall goal is the establishment of the European Internal Energy Market. As independent European institution, ACER assists the European energy regulators in their cooperation and ensures that market integration and regulatory harmonisation are driven forward in line with the EU's energy policy goals.

E-Control as an active contributor

E-Control is very active in CEER and ACER and this way contributes to market integration. Our staff either lead or are very active members in all working groups on electricity, gas, consumer issues, cyber security, monitoring, organisational issues and unbundling.