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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 04/12/14 15:41:22
The date of the last annual update was 02/07/14 16:51:37

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: 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 de Cortenbergh 
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 68 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: 5
Complementary information: The GIE Brussels office has currently a team of 6 people:

1 Executive Secretary : Mr Thierry Deschuyteneer

3 Vice-Executive Secretary : Ms Boyana Achovski, Ms Marion Nikodym and Mr Robert Jan Maaskant

1 Senior Assistant : Ms Maire-France Engels

1 Assistant : Ms Marta Woźniak

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Boyana Achovski 05/09/14 03/09/15
Robert Jan Maaskant 21/01/15 19/01/16
Marion Nikodym 05/09/14 03/09/15


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 LSOs 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.

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.

GIE was formally established in 2002 as a legally independent and non-profit association (GTE). In 2005 it was renamed as GIE. 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. GIE is currently working on numerous topics regarding European energy and climate policy, depending on the EU agenda. Some of the matters GIE is working on are:

• 2030 Energy & Climate Framework
• Implementation of the TEN-E guidelines (Regulation 347/2013) and Connecting Europe Facility
• Implementation of the Gas Security of Supply Regulation 994/2010/EU
• Clean Power Package for Transport
• Following European Parliament processes for the legislative proposal indirectly linked to gas infrastructure
• Role of Gas Infrastructure in the long-term/low-carbon economy (GIE is a founding member of the GasNaturally initiative), in particular integration of gas and renewables and Renewable Energy Strategy
• ENTSOG Network Codes, particularly in relation to storage and LNG
• Good Guidelines Practices for Storage System Operators
• Gas Target Model and Bridge 2025
• REMIT implementation
• Risk Assessment and EPCIP

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. About 400 delegates are participating to the GIE Annual Conference.

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

1. The European Gas Regulatory Forum (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 representatives, 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) No 994/2010, according to Commission Decision of 11 August 2011

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: 01/2014 - 12/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 1250000  € - 1500000  €
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 international organisation under the Belgian Law (AISBL). 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.