About: energy regulation

Energy 12-06-2018

Sovereignty row holds back EU’s new energy regulator

The European Union inched forward on Monday (11 June) in redefining the role of ACER, the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. But more discussions still lie ahead, with some EU countries worried about “unlimited competences” granted to the agency.
Trade & Society 15-11-2012

Brussels urges EU countries to stop energy market ‘distortions’

EU countries must do away with the distorting influence of state intervention and step up efforts to implement internal energy market rules, which could save consumers an estimated €13 billion a year, says a report by the European Commission released Thursday (15 November).
Energy 12-11-2012

Switching energy supplier can still take months, experts say

Switching energy suppliers and settling disputes still take too long in EU countries, says a review by the Council of European Energy Regulators.
Central Europe 08-12-2009

EU agency vote revives Slovakia-Hungary language row

A recent decision to host a new EU energy agency in Slovenia has revived tensions between Budapest and Bratislava, which had hoped to host the agency in the Slovak capital.
Energy 07-12-2009

EU energy regulators’ seat goes to Ljubljana

The EU's new Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) will be located in Ljubljana, Slovenia, ministers decided yesterday evening (6 December).
Energy 20-10-2009

Regulators claim role in combating climate change

The climate change imperative has radically changed the energy regulation environment, shooting up the priority list alongside energy security and fuel poverty, EURACTIV heard yesterday (19 October) at the fourth World Forum on Energy Regulation in Athens.
Energy 02-10-2009

EU pushes for more transparency of consumer energy bills

European policymakers, consumer groups and energy industry representatives have endorsed a set of voluntary guidelines for good practice in energy billing, in an attempt to placate dissatisfied customers.
Energy 03-06-2009

Eastern states jostle to host EU energy agency

Romania launched a campaign yesterday (2 June) to host the future European agency for the cooperation of energy regulators (ACER), entering a competition with existing rival bids by Slovenia and Slovakia.
Energy 23-02-2009

EU energy regulation ‘at a turning point’

European energy market integration is happening, albeit slowly, Lord John Mogg, president of the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG), argued in an interview with EURACTIV Czech Republic.
Energy 29-09-2008

MEPs quarrel over high energy bills

The European Parliament struggled last week (25 September) to pass a resolution on energy prices as Socialist MEPs accused the centre right EPP-ED group of rejecting proposals aimed at shielding the poor from soaring gas and electricity bills.
Competition 18-07-2008

EU Court says Spanish blockage of energy merger illegal

The EU's highest court ruled on 17 July that Spain broke EU internal market rules when it insisted last year that all mergers in the energy sector must be pre-approved by its national energy regulator, effectively thwarting a takeover attempt on the national energy company Endesa by Germany's E.ON.
Energy 09-06-2008

Paris and Berlin win EU energy liberalisation deal

EU energy ministers bowed to pressure from France and Germany at a meeting on Friday, agreeing on a "general approach" to opening gas and electricity markets that prevents integrated firms such as EDF and E.ON from selling off their transmission grids.
Energy 29-05-2008

MEPs: Strong EU regulator key to energy market puzzle

The Commission should envisage greater powers for a new regulatory agency in its proposals on EU energy market liberalisation, according to MEPs in Parliament's Industry (ITRE) Committee. 
Competition 07-03-2008

EU Court rules against Spain in energy merger saga

The European Court of Justice has ruled against Spain's energy regulator, which previously succeeded in blocking a takeover attempt of Endesa by Germany's E.ON. Meanwhile, Brussels has said it will take a closer look at a blocked merger in Hungary's oil and gas sector.  
Competition 31-07-2007

EU opens antitrust probe against E.ON and Gaz de France

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation against German energy giant E.ON and Gaz de France for allegedly agreeing to keep out of one another's home market, thereby thwarting competition and keeping prices artificially high.
Trade & Society 09-01-2007

Brussels seeks greater powers for national energy watchdogs

Proposals to be unveiled this week introduce a 'softer option' that would avoid breaking up major energy utilities in an attempt to ease tensions with France and Germany over market liberalisation.
Energy 09-11-2006

Blackout puts outdated power grid in spotlight

European regulators have launched an enquiry over the power cut that briefly left 10 million people in the dark last week-end. But the outing also raised questions about the grid's ability to cope with the addition of renewable energy sources.
Competition 22-09-2006

Suez, GDF offer concessions on merger

The two French utilities propose to sell key stakes in their natural-gas business in Belgium to ease objections voiced by Brussels over their proposed merger.
Competition 04-09-2006

Kroes warns against protectionism in EU energy markets

Artificially created national champions may have short-term appeal but are often to the long-term detriment of European consumers and competitiveness, the EU's competition commissioner has said.
Competition 28-08-2006

Spain warned over Endesa merger blockade

Commission raises "serious doubts" about the conditions imposed by Spain on Germany's E.ON attempted takeover of energy utility Endesa. Madrid has until 4 September to respond.
Competition 05-04-2006

Commission cracks down at slow liberalisation of EU energy market

The European Commission has taken legal action against 17 member states for dragging their feet in applying EU electricity and gas market liberalisation legislation into national law.
Competition 17-02-2006

Commission wields big stick at EU energy sector

Antitrust investigations against incumbent energy companies will be launched in the coming weeks alongside infringement proceedings against three member states still at odds with gas and electricity liberalisation directives.
Future EU 13-11-2003

Commission creates European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas

Responding to calls for a more coherent regulatory approach, the Commission has established a European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas to further the development of the EU's internal energy market.