News feeds

Single market for gas & electricity

Public consultation

ACER evaluation under Article 34 of Regulation 713/2009

Consultation period

From 18/06/2013 to 18/09/2013

Policy field(s)

Energy Regulation, Internal Market

Target group(s)

All EU citizens and organizations are welcome to contribute to this consultation, including public authorities as well as other relevant stakeholders from outside the EU.

Objective of the consultation

The Third Energy Package has set up a new institutional framework which includes the establishment of the Agency for the Cooperation of the Energy Regulator (ACER) through Regulation 713/2009. The Agency was established in order to fill in the regulatory gap, with the purpose to assist national regulatory authorities, and, if necessary to coordinate their actions, in order to enhance their cooperation at the EU level. ACER plays a central role in the development of EU-wide network and market rules with a view to create a single Internal Energy Market. It coordinates regional and cross-regional initiatives which favor market integration. The Agency monitors the work of European networks of transmission system operators (ENTSOs) and notably their EU-wide network development plans. Finally ACER monitors the functioning of gas and electricity markets in general, and wholesale energy trading in particular. This last task had been added by the Regulation (EU) No 1227/2011 on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency ("REMIT"). There are also additional tasks envisaged for ACER in the recently adopted Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure ("EIP").

Article 34 of Regulation 713/2009 requires the Commission to carry out an evaluation of the activities of the Agency. The evaluation shall cover the results achieved by the Agency and its working methods, in relation with its objective, mandate and tasks defined in Regulation 713/2009 and in the Agency's annual work programs. The evaluation shall be based on extensive consultation. The Commission shall submit this evaluation to the Agency's Board of Regulators. The Board of Regulators shall then issue recommendations to the Commission regarding the changes to the Regulation 713/2009, the Agency and its working methods. The Commission, in turn can forward those recommendations, together with its own opinion as well as any appropriate proposal, to the European Parliament and the Council.

The Commission, through this consultation, would like to obtain your opinion on the results achieved by the Agency and its working methods.

How to submit your contribution

In the interests of transparency, the Commission asks organizations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.

If you are a Registered organization, please indicate the name and address of your organization and your Register ID number on the first page of your contribution.

If an organization decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007).

If your organization is not registered, you have the opportunity to Register now.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is possible to request that a submission remains confidential. In this case, the contributor should explicitly indicate on the first page of their response that they do not want their contribution to be published. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Contact details

Responsible service :

European Commission
Directorate-General Energy
Unit B2– Wholesale markets; electricity and gas
Rue De Mot 24
B-1049 Bruxelles

E-mail :

Number of responses received to this consultation

Not yet available. This information will be published after the consultation closes