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Internal market for electricity [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (1st edition),

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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 the 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 proposal has been referred to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).



Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the internal market for electricity (recast)
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:




Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

Krišjānis Kariņš (EPP, Latvia)

Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR, Poland)

Kaja Kallas (ALDE, Estonia)

Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL, Germany)

Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)

COM(2016) 861 of 30.11.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0379 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Initial discussions in committee



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