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A working group of eight energy sector trade unions, all members of the EPSU public services federation took place in Brussels yesterday (30 January). All the participants would like to express their solidarity with workers in Vattenfall in Germany: “We support the warning strike that’s taking place between 7am and 11am on Friday 1 February.… » read more

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At the heart of the Franco-German plans, outlined in a set of amendments to the Commission’s proposals on energy market liberalisation, is the issue of ownership and control over transmission system operators (TSOs), which control access to power grids and manage the flow of electricity at national level.Rather than stripping ownership or control of TSOs… » read more

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France and Germany will this week respond to the Commission’s proposals for further EU energy market liberalisation. The alternative plan would keep oversight of energy production and transmission firmly within national boundaries in an effort to allow large energy firms to cling to their assets. France and Germany’s energy markets are controlled by a small… » read more

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Increasing the power of ACER

The Commission has also included calls to strengthen the powers and independence of existing national regulators, who will be mandated to cooperate with one another.ERGEG and CEER, however, argue that “improved regulatory arrangements at national level, although of significant importance, will not, in themselves be sufficient to accelerate the process leading towards a single European… » read more

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Energy market

The EU’s energy market is plagued by under-investment in cross-border power transmission capacity and a lack of coordination between national regulators and transmission system operators (TSOs), who manage the technical transfer of gas and electricity between member states, according to a Commission impact assessment. The Commission concluded that the problem “would be better addressed through… » read more

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Energy agencies

The Commission’s proposals to further liberalise the EU’s energy markets include plans to create a new European agency designed to oversee cross-border cooperation for gas and electricity transmission between member states. But regulators question whether the agency will have enough powers to effectively fulfill its mandate. The limited powers of a new Agency for the… » read more

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