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Internal market for electricity [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (4th edition, updated on 12.7.2019),

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On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a regulation on the internal market for electricity, as part of a comprehensive legislative package on the energy union. The proposed regulation is aimed at making the electricity market fit for more flexibility, decarbonisation and innovation, by providing for undistorted market signals. It sets out rules for electricity trading within different time frames, and clarifies the responsibilities of market actors. It defines principles for assessing capacity needs at regional and European level and proposes design principles for market-based capacity mechanisms with cross-border participation. It introduces regional operational centres for handling-system operation and a European entity for distribution system operators.

The Council adopted its general approach in December 2017. In the European Parliament, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted its report in February 2018. A provisional trilogue agreement was reached on 19 December 2018. The European Parliament adopted the text in the March II 2019 plenary session and the Council on 22 May 2019. The Regulation entered into force on 4 July 2019.

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the internal market for electricity (recast)
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2016) 861 of 30.11.2016
Rapporteur: Jerzy Buzek (EPP, Poland) 2018/0212(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Martina Werner (S&D, Germany)
Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR, Poland)
Morten Helveg Petersen (ALDE, Denmark)
Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL, Germany)
Florent Marcellesi (Greens/EFA, Spain)
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)
Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2019/943
OJ L 158, 14.6.2019, pp. 54–124



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    Posted by Anthony | November 13, 2018, 02:21

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