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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How and why build regional transboundary cooperation in the field of energy? The European Commission proposes ways.

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News In the field of energy, regional border cooperation inflects prices, improves security of supplies and plays a key role in achieving a single European market and competitive single energy market. On December 8, 2010, the European Commission presented its ideas on how to reinforce regional cooperation. Publishing a paper entitled "The Future Role of regional initiatives", the Commission identifies new tasks for regional initiatives such as the development of border infrastructure and the implementation of the third energy package, including network codes. It further proposes a new governance structure of existing regional initiatives and adapting their geographic scope so that regional cooperation were more effective. Regulators, managers of transport networks and other stakeholders are invited to express their views on these ideas by February 15, 2011.

The European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger said: "The Regional Initiatives have a key role in creating a truly integrated single energy market as they favour a strong cooperation including on infrastructure. We have to use their potential wisely and make sure that we reap all the benefits a well-targeted and effective regional cooperation can offer." The Regional Initiatives were initiated in 2006 by the European Commission and the European Regulators' Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) as an intermediate step from national markets to European scale which would favour further integration. In its Communication, the Commission proposes that the Regional Initiatives concentrate on more targeted goals, in particular on the following actions: * accelerate the implementation of the 2nd and 3rd legislative energy package, including network codes * ensure competitiveness through market coupling by 2015 allowing lower price for cross-border energy * launch pilot testing to experiment new ideas which could then be used at the EU scale, for example on Smart Grids * identify regional infrastructure priorities and coordinate cross-border investments to ensure security of supply and help cope with possible gas crisis * promote development of renewable energy The European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) should monitor and coordinate the work of Regional Initiatives to ensure greater coherence of the regions' work programmes. The Commission proposes that the number and composition of the geographical regions for gas is adapted by adding Italy to the South Region (France, Portugal, Spain) and by splitting the current South, South-East region into three new regions: * Central-South region: Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. * Central-East region: Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria. * new BEMIP region: Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Denmark. For the electricity regions no change is envisaged but flexible ad-hoc cooperation should be allowed when needed, for instance for the North Seas Offshore Grid Initiative. Background The 7 Electricity and 3 Gas Regional Initiatives (RIs) were set up on an ad hoc basis. Each RI gathers National Regulators, Member States, the Commission and other interested parties from neighbouring countries. The Regional Initiatives aim at the correct implementation of the Second Energy Package and especially those parts of the acquis requiring cross-border coordination. The RIs are: Electricity: * Baltic: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania * Central East: Central East: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia * Central South: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Slovenia * France – UK – Ireland: France, Ireland, United Kingdom * Central West: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands * Northern: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Norway * South West: France, Portugal, Spain Gas: * South Region: France, Spain, Portugal * South South-East Region: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia * North West: Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway The Regional Initiatives (RIs) have been beneficial in providing a forum for regulators, network operators and other stakeholders of neighbouring countries to discuss issues of common interest.

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