May 2012: The Commission has launched two open calls on unconventional fossil fuels / shale gas that will provide further socio-economic and legal support to the Commission. These have been published on TED, the Commission's eTendering Platform.
1. Technical support for assessing the need for a risk management framework for unconventional gas extraction
2. Regulatory provisions governing key aspects of unconventional gas extraction in selected EU Member States
The objective of this service contract is to provide support, especially socio-economic and legal, for the preparation and the development of possible Commission initiatives on managing potential impacts and risks of unconventional gas extraction in Europe. To this end, the tenderer shall (i) identify and assess relevant measures for regulating the risks from unconventional gas developments, (ii) prepare extended support for an impact assessment on the need and possible options for an EU risk management framework for unconventional gas as well as (iii) in collaboration with the Commission and where a risk management framework is deemed necessary, provide support for developing possible measures and elements of that framework.
The objective of this service contract is to identify and assess environment- and health-related regulatory provisions applicable to unconventional gas in 8 selected EU Member States: Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and United Kingdom. These countries were selected as illustrative cases based on their geographical, cultural and legal diversity and their possible interest in extracting unconventional gas and in particular shale gas resources.In doing so, the purpose of this service contract is twofold:— to help the European Commission illustrate the elements covered under these national legal provisions and to which extent and in which way the coverage is similar or varies across these 8 Member States, and— to help the European Commission identify potential best regulatory practices or limitations in environment- and health-related regulatory provisions applicable to unconventional gas in these 8 Member States.