CEER position paper on the European Commission‟s Communication
„Making the internal energy market work‟
This paper provides comments of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) on the
European Commission’s Internal Energy Market Communication (IEM) (COM/2012/0663).
The paper underlines issues of key importance to energy markets. It also emphasises issues
of relevance to energy regulation, in particular emphasis on the role of effective and
independent energy regulation; the central importance of full implementation of the Third
Energy Package; the impact of regulated energy prices; the fundamental priority of
consumers’ interests; the role of distribution system operators and the critical need to ensure
generation adequacy. The Annex of this document provides a more detailed commentary on
the Communication’s Action Plan for those measures which include energy regulators as an
European energy regulators agree with Council views on the need for a fully consistent
approach to energy policy – climate change goals; competitive markets; and consumer
protection and social welfare must go hand in hand when developing the framework for our
energy sector, lest we create incompatible and conflicting requirements between them and
ultimately frustrate their individual and collective achievement.
Energy regulation has an important part to play in ensuring we can deliver these
achievements, in particular by overseeing market developments and providing sound and
predictable regulatory policy. Efficient energy markets - at national, regional and international
levels - are a prerequisite for energy security and sustainable development. Competitive
energy markets must provide a secure, reliable and affordable energy supply which is
essential for efficient economic and social development.