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Consultation on the review of the Intergovernmental Agreements Decision


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Target audience

EU and Member States' authorities, energy market participants and their associations, SMEs, energy consumers, NGOs, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens.

Why we are consulting


Objective of the consultation

The Energy Union strategy adopted in February 2015 indicates that: "an important element in ensuring energy (and in particular gas) security is full compliance of agreements related to the buying of energy from third countries with EU law". The European Council in its conclusions of 19 March 2015 also called for "full compliance with EU law of all agreements related to the buying of gas from external suppliers, notably by reinforcing transparency of such agreements and compatibility with EU energy security provisions".
To achieve such compliance, an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between Member States and third countries in the field of energy was established by a Decision adopted by the Parliament and Council on 25 October 2012, which entered into force on 17 November 2012 (the IGA Decision). The main feature of this mechanism is that the Commission carries out compliance checks of IGAs after a Member State and a third country have concluded such agreements.
While the current system is useful for receiving information on existing IGAs and for identifying problems posed by them in terms of their compatibility with EU law, it is however not sufficient to solve such problems. In the new context of the Energy Union strategy and in an international situation where energy security is at the centre of the political debate, the Commission is therefore considering reviewing the IGA Decision.
This consultation document serves as a basis for getting stakeholders' assessment of the IGA Decision and to identify what could be improved in the mechanism it establishes in order to increase transparency of such agreements and compatibility with EU energy security provisions.

How to submit your contribution

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You are invited to reply to this by sending your input by e-mail to the mailbox:
ENER-IGA-DECISION-REVIEWatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (ENER-IGA-DECISION-REVIEW[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)
Please, submit your response to this public consultation by 22 October 2015 at the latest.
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Responsible services: DG ENERGY - A.3: International relations & Enlargement

E-mail: ENER-IGA-DECISION-REVIEWatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (ENER-IGA-DECISION-REVIEW[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Postal address: European Commission, DG Energy - ENER.A.3, International relations & Enlargement, office 07-137, DM 24 06/95, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium

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