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Common rules for the internal electricity market [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a recast directive on the internal market for electricity, as part of a comprehensive legislative package entitled ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’. The proposed directive would oblige Member States to ensure a more competitive, customer-centred, flexible and non-discriminatory EU electricity market with market-based supply prices.

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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 recast directive on the internal market for electricity, as part of a comprehensive legislative package entitled ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’. The proposed directive would oblige Member States to ensure a more competitive, customer-centred, flexible and non-discriminatory EU electricity market with market-based supply prices. It would strengthen existing customer rights, introduce new ones and provide a framework for energy communities. Member States would have to monitor and address energy poverty. The proposal clarifies the tasks of distribution system operators and emphasises the obligation of neighbouring national regulators to cooperate on issues of cross-border relevance.

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 in December 2018. The European Parliament adopted the text in the March II 2019 plenary session and the Council on 22 May 2019. The Directive entered into force on 4 July 2019 and must be transposed into national legislation by 31 December 2020.

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Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for the internal market in electricity (recast)
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2016) 864 of 30.11.2016
Rapporteur: Jerzy Buzek (EPP, Poland) 2016/0380(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. Directive (EU) 2019/944
OJ L 158, 14.6.2019, pp. 125–199


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