Conclusions from the 43rd meeting of the EEA Council, 18 May 2015, Energy and Climate issues

Norway and its EEA partners are working on the implementation of the 3rd Energy Package, which includes some complex competence issues with regard to the Agency for Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
The conclusions from the 43rd EEA Council on Monday 18 May give a hint on the state of play of the negotiations. The relevant paragraphs are copied below.


European Commission to announce phase 2 of Energy Union Strategy on 19 May: Governance in focus

In a tweet posted late Friday evening 15 May, the Vice President of the Commission in charge of Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic (picture), announced that he will reveal on Monday 19 May "the next phase" of the Energy Union Strategy, during a press conference scheduled at 12 a.m.

Based on a preliminary presentation of his head of Cabinet this week, this next phase will concentrate on the Governance element of the Energy Union Strategy. The European Commission should launch the process of governance as well as the associated "EU tools" as called so far.


Lovavdelingens vurdering av ACER-forordningen og Grunnloven

En sladdet versjon av Lovavdelingens vurdering fra 2011 av innlemmelse av ACER-forordningen i EØS-avtalen og forholdet til Grunnloven er blitt offentligjort og er tilgjengelig her.


Referat og presentasjoner fra seminar om energimarkedet i EØS-området

Referat og presentasjoner fra seminaret som ble avholdt 6. mai 2015 er nå tilgjengelig på EnergiNorge sine nettsider her.

Dette inkluderer min presentasjon om "Deltagelse i prosjekter av felles europeisk interesse: kostnads- og inntektsallokering. Utviklingstrekk".


Seminar: Energimarkedet i EØS-området – nye rettslige og politiske utviklingstrekk (6.5.2015, Oslo)

6. mai 2015 arrangerer Universitetet i Oslo, Nordisk institutt for sjørett, avdeling for petroleums- og energirett, UiO Energi og Energi Norge et seminar om
Energimarkedet i EØS-området – nye rettslige og politiske utviklingstrekk
Tid: kl. 9-13
Sted: Det norske vitenskapsakademi, Drammensveien 78, 0271 Oslo
Jeg skal selv innlede om "allokeringsmetoder ved deltagelse i energi-infrastrukturprosjekter av felles interesse".
Program: her! 


European gas supply market: the European Commission charges Gazprom for alleged abuse of dominant position

The European Commission has sent today, 22 April 2015, a Statement of Objections to Gazprom for alleged abuse of dominant position on the Central and Eastern European gas supply market, contrary to EU antitrust rules. Investigations started in September 2012 and resulted in today's decision. Gazprom has now 12 weeks to answer the Statement of Objections.
The Commission is suspecting that:
"Gazprom is breaking EU antitrust rules by pursuing an overall strategy to partition Central and Eastern European gas markets, for example by reducing its customers’ ability to resell the gas cross-border. This may have enabled Gazprom to charge unfair prices in certain Member States. Gazprom may also have abused its dominant market position by making the supply of gas dependent on obtaining unrelated commitments from wholesalers concerning gas transport infrastructure."
Further comments will be published on this blog in the coming days.
By then, see the press release and the factsheet from the European Commission.
Photo credit: Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of Competition @ European Union, 2015


Remarks on the European Council Conclusions on Energy Union of 19 March 2015

On 19 March 2015, the European Council reached conclusions on the strategy for the Energy Union, newly presented by the European Commission on 25 February 2015 (see previous post and comments). The text is a broad endorsement of the general policy lines contained in the strategy, with a slightly re-arranged priority order.


European Council Conclusions on the Energy Union now available (19.03.2015)

Below follows the part of the Conclusions dedicated to Energy Union as adopted by the heads of State and Government at the European Council on 19 March 2014: