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Profile of registrant

Gas Infrastructure Europe

Identification number in the register: 76130992074-15
Registration date: 28/07/09 13:29:06

The information on this organisation was last modified on 10/09/13 16:47:14
The date of the last annual update was 01/07/13 12:17:18

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Gas Infrastructure Europe
Acronym: GIE
Legal status: AISBL
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Companies & groups

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Jean Claude Depail
Position: GIE President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Thierry Deschuyteneer
Position: Executive Secretary

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 100 Avenue Cortenbergh 2nd floor
Brussels 1000
Telephone number: (+32) 2 209 05 00
Fax number: (+32) 2 209 05 01
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the sole interest of the infrastructure industry in the natural gas business such as Transmission System Operators, Storage System Operators and LNG Terminal Operators.

GIE has currently 69 members in 25 European countries. One of the objectives of GIE is to voice the views of its members vis-à-vis the European Commission, the regulators and other stakeholders. Its mission is to actively contribute to the construction of a single, sustainable and competitive gas market in Europe underpinned by a stable and predictable regulatory framework as well as by a sound investment climate.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 6.5
Complementary information: The GIE Brussels office has currently a team of 5.5 people:

Permanent Staff:

1 Executive Secretary (Mr. Thierry Deschuyteneer)

3 Vice-Executive Secretary (Ms. Boaya Achovski, Ms. Marion Nikodym and Mr. Philipp Palada)

1 Senior Assistant (Ms. Maire-France Engels)

1 Junior assistant (Ms. Emilie Larcier; on part-time contract, 15h/weeek)

Contact e-mail address is:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Marion Nikodym 12/07/13 10/07/14


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

GIE objectives comprise but are not necessarily limited to those listed:

• Promoting a safe and reliable European natural gas transmission, storage and LNG system suitable for meeting present and future needs;
• Promoting the development of a fully operational European internal gas market for transmission, storage and LNG;
• Promoting interoperability of the European systems to enhance cross-border gas exchanges;
• Promoting market solutions;
• Contributing to the setting of a stable public policy framework;
• Voicing the opinion of the TSOs, SSOs and TOs in Europe with respect to the previous points thus representing the sole interest of infrastructure operators.

Therefore, GIE’s aim is to promote the natural gas transmission, storage and LNG industry, to play a key role in making natural gas the cornerstone of the European energy policy and to contribute to the European security of supply.

In order to achieve the above objectives GIE will pursue – through regular meetings with the authorities and organisations concerned – lobbying activities at the European institutions and organisations, the public authorities and other organisations active in the natural gas sector.

Therefore, GIE is a representative organisation towards the European Institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, and Council of the European Union) as well as the European bodies of regulators (ACER, CEER) and other stakeholders.

GIE was formally established in 2002 as a legally independent and non-profit association with official statutes. Its Secretariat is based in Brussels (Avenue de Cortenbergh 100). The GIE President is Mr. Jean-Claude Depail.

GIE is the umbrella organisation for its three subdivisions

• GTE - Gas Transmission Europe representing the Transmission System Operators (TSO)
• GSE - Gas Storage Europe representing the Storage System Operators (SSO)
• GLE - Gas LNG Europe representing the LNG Terminal Operators (LSO)

GIE internal work is made through different working groups and task forces. Regarding the topics GIE is currently working on are numerous and changes depending on the EU agenda. Some of the matters GIE is working on are:

• Energy & Climate Framework 2030
• Connecting Europe Package (legislative proposal published by the Commission in November 2011)
• Following the implementation of the TEN-E guidelines (regulation 347/2013)
• Clean Power Package for Transport
• Following European Parliament processes for the legislative proposal mentioned above as well as for Parliament reports on
• EC’s consultation for CCS
• Role of Gas Infrastructure in the long-term/low-carbon economy
• ENTSOG Network Codes
• Good Guidelines Practices for Storage System Operators
• Gas Target Model
• REMIT implementation
• Internal Gas Market
• Integration of gas and renewables
• Renewable Energy Strategy
• Various public consultation launched by DG ENER, ACER, ENTSOG, DG ENVI, etc.
• Etc.

GIE also organises a yearly conference which has developed into an important discussion forum and the main arena to meet all key players in the gas infrastructure world. More than 400 delegates are participating at this GIE Annual Conference every year.

GIE is also an official participant of several institutional processes such as the following:

1. The European Gas Regulatory Forum, or Madrid Forum, which was set up to discuss issues regarding the creation of a true internal gas market. The participants include national regulatory authorities, Member State governments, the European Commission, transmission system operators, gas suppliers and traders, consumers, network users, and gas exchanges. Since 1999 the Forum meets once or twice a year in Madrid and is is chaired by the European Commission.

2. The Gas Coordination Group which is established on the basis of Regulation (EU) 994/2010 by Commission Decision of 11 August 2010

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Internal Market
  • Trans-European Networks


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

GIE is a founding member of GasNaturally (

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 1500000  € - 1750000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is a non-profit organisation under the Belgian Law. GIE is supported by its members. The vast majority of the income received by GIE comes from the annual membership fees paid by its members. Each member company pays the same fee.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.