Annual Report of the European Energy Regulators covering the activities of both the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). At the heart of our present activity is the Regional Initiatives, launched in 2006, which creates 7 electricity and 3 gas regions in Europe. The ERGEG Regional Initiatives Annual Report - Progress and Prospects is a supplementary report dedicated to the Regional Initiatives.
The Regional Initiatives were launched by ERGEG in spring 2006. They create 7 electricity and 3 gas regions in Europe, as an interim step towards a single European energy market. They are fully endorsed by the European Commission. Commissioner Piebalgs and Sir John Mogg, the ERGEG Chair, have co-written the Foreword to the Regional Initiatives Annual Report. A joint conference on the Regional Initiatives by ERGEG and the European Commission was held on 28 March in Brussels. Proceedings of the conference can be downloaded (see folder Regional Initiatives).
The European Regulators’ Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) is the focal point for interaction between EU energy regulators, EU institutions and all interested parties in the development of a well-functioning European energy market. It is more than just an informal forum for exchange of information (like the Florence and Madrid Fora), a laboratory for innovative ideas (like the Florence School of Regulation) or a club of regulators (like the Council of European Energy Regulators).The ERGEG is the factory where technical solutions to the old and new problems of integrating 25 electricity and gas markets are designed, tested and built within the complex EU legal and institutional framework. Extract of ERGEG Chairperson's statement in the ERGEG 2005 Annual Report.
The year 2004 marked the first year of the European Regulators' Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG). In European circles, we witnessed a new European Commission, a new Parliament, the accession of 10 new Member States and the introduction of a new competition framework. Specifically within the area of energy legislation, 1 July 2004 was the deadline for the transposition of the second liberalisation package (Directive 2003/54/EC and Directive 2003/55/EC; and Regulation 1228/2003 on conditions for access to the network for cross-border exchanges in electricity).
For the ERGEG itself, 2004 was a busy year and this report outlines the key activities. The first tasks were organisational ones, such as agreeing the working rules of procedures, the appointment of Chairpersons, the creation of a website (www.ergeg.org) and working groups (one for electricity and one for gas). Once these had been set up, the ERGEG set about deciding its priorities for 2004. This took the form of a Work Programme which was published in March 2004.