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New rules for the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) [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 Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), as part of the ‘clean energy for all Europeans’ legislative package. The proposed regulation gives ACER a stronger role in the development of network codes and the coordination of regional decision-making. It furthermore assigns it a number of new tasks related to regional operational centres, the supervision of nominated electricity market operators and the assessment of generation adequacy and risk preparedness.

In the European Parliament, the proposal was referred to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), which adopted its report in February 2018. A provisional trilogue agreement was reached on 11 December 2018. The European Parliament adopted the text in the March II 2019 plenary session and the Council on 22 May 2019. The final act was signed on 5 June 2019 and published in the Official Journal on 14 June 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 establishing a European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (recast)
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2016) 863 of 30.11.2016

2016/0378 (COD)

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


Rapporteur: Morten Helveg Petersen (ALDE, Denmark)
Shadow rapporteurs: Werner Langen (EPP, Germany)
Miroslav Poche (S&D, Czech Republic)
Hans-Olaf Henkel (ECR, Germany)
Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL, Cyprus)
Davor Škrlec (Greens/EFA, Croatia)
Rolandas Paksas (EFDD, Lithuania)
Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2019/942
OJ L 158, 14.6.2019, pp. 22–53

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