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Communication on the Directive 2004/67/EC of 26 April 2004 concerning measures to safeguard security of natural gas supply [COM(2008)769]

Consultation period: 13/11/2008 - 31/03/2009

The EU needs to take a step forward on security of gas supply and solidarity. While crises may be rare, they can have very high economic and social impacts. Therefore the EU needs to be prepared to tackle security of supply in an effective way. Today's Community mechanism – although fortunately not yet needed – is not sufficient to provide a timely response to a gas supply crisis which goes beyond the level that national measures can mitigate. Further, today's lack of transparency prevents the assessment of the real-time gas supply situation and potential responses within the EU. The Directive therefore needs to be revised along the lines proposed in this communication under Section 4. It is the aim of this Communication to open a debate with the Member States and the European institutions as well as with the stakeholders in order to prepare a revision of the Directive 2004/67 which would remedy the main shortcomings identified. The following questions arise:

(1) How to define comparable security of supply standards that put equal, reasonable burden on market players while respecting the differences between Member States?

(2) Should the Directive extend mandatory protection beyond households to power generators, small and medium sized enterprises or other vulnerable customers?

(3) What should be the precise actions defined in the Community mechanism, in the regional and EU emergency plans?

(4) How should the regions for security of gas supply be best defined?

(5) How can solidarity be economically compensated?

(6) How can security of gas supply be strengthened at lowest cost?

Please forward your comments to TREN-GAS-SUPPLY-DIRECTIVE-REVISION before 31 March 2009.

We look forward to receiving your comments. All responses will be published in full unless it is specifically indicated that the information contained within the response is confidential; in such situation please provide us also with non-confidential version which will be published.