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Public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, Consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens (inside and outside of the European Union).
Why we are consulting
On 16 October 2014, the Commission published its Stress Test Communication analysing the effects of a possible partial or complete disruption of gas supplies from Russia. At the same time, a report on the implementation of the Gas Security of Supply Regulation (EU) No. 994/2010 (hereafter, 'the Regulation') was adopted. This Report highlighted several sections where improvement of the Regulation can lead to more effective prevention and management of supply crises.
Consequently, the revision of the Gas Security of Supply Regulation (994/2010) was included in the Roadmap for Energy Union adopted on 25 February 2015. A proposal for revision is foreseen to be adopted by the Commission by the end of 2015. A public consultation was launched on 15 January 2015 and lasted until 8 April 2015. The aim of the consultation was to seek stakeholder views on the areas and options for possible improvements to the Regulation, including supporting evidence.
The overall response rate amounted to around a hundred. The biggest share of responses came from undertakings (32%) and associations (27%). The high response rate from national and pan-European associations means that the overall number of stakeholders who expressed their views in the consultation and therefore its representativeness is even higher. Moreover, many public authorities and a majority of Member States expressed their views in the public consultation as well as a majority of European TSOs.
On this website, please see the findings document prepared by DG Energy, an overview presentation as well as the non-confidential individual submissions of stakeholders.
Original call for Submissions
Objective of the consultation
The objective of this consultation is to consult stakeholders on the revision of Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply and repealing Council Directive 2004/67/EC. The consultation aims to identify the areas where improvements to the Regulation are required and what the various options and their impacts are.
On 16 October 2014, the Commission published its Stress Test Communication analysing the effects of a possible partial or complete disruption of gas supplies from Russia. One of the key conclusions of the stress test exercise was that increased cooperation and coordination can substantially mitigate the impacts of a disruption. As part of the stress test publication a report on the implementation of the Gas Security of Supply Regulation (EU) No. 994/2010 (hereafter, 'the Regulation') was adopted.
The report demonstrated that the Regulation has already produced important beneficial effects on Europe's security of supply situation, both in terms of preparation and mitigation. For instance, Member States are now better prepared to face a supply crisis thanks to the need to prepare and coordinate plans and they are better protected thanks to the need to install bilateral flows on cross-border pipeline connections and meet a determined supply and infrastructure standard.
At the same time, the Report also highlighted areas where better implementation can further bolster Europe's supply security. Revising the Regulation does not mean that implementation of the existing Regulation can be suspended: the Commission will continue to push for better implementation of the provisions by assessing notified plans as well as the effects of implemented measures.
Finally, the Report highlighted several sections where improvement of the Regulation itself can lead to more effective management of supply crises. The Report concludes that: "there is scope to strengthen the EU's preparedness and capacity to respond effectively to gas supply crises further. The Commission services are of the view that the lessons of recent risks to security of supply in the EU, i.e. risks caused by extreme weather conditions such as the prolonged cold spell in 2012 or geopolitical risks having an impact on EU energy security such as the 2014 crisis in Ukraine, should be pulled together in a review of possible improvements to Regulation 994/2010."
The questions and reflection in this consultation paper reflect DG Energys current thoughts on ensuring approaching security of gas supply in the internal market. We invite comments on all the questions directly raised and any other reflections which respondents may have.
Based on the responses we receive, and on further reflections and engagement with Member States and stakeholders, we will consider which additional measures are needed including in the form of legislative amendments.
How to submit your contribution
You are invited to reply to this public consultation by sending your input by e-mail to ENER-SOS-REVISION@ec.europa.eu.
Please, submit your response to this public consultation by 8 April 2015.
Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with. Non-registered organisation responses will be published separately.
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