S.12. Winter Package

D.

Go back

Council adopts position on ACER Regulation

Friday, June 15, 2018


The main bone of contention was Article 25 of the proposed legislation, which pertains to the new tasks and roles of ACER’s Director

Copyright: European Union

On 11 June, during the public session of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE) Council in Luxembourg, the diplomats of the Member States adopted their General Approach on the Proposal for a “Regulation on Establishing a European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (recast)” (ACER Regulation).

The proposal for a revision of the ACER Regulation is the latest legal act of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package on which the Council has adopted its general position and highlights the sensitivity of the file for the Member States. The main bone of contention was Article 25 of the proposed legislation, which pertains to the new tasks and roles of ACER’s Director.

The Spanish government, represented by newly appointed Environment Minister, Teresa Ribera, supported a more European approach under which ACER has a bigger mandate to decide on certain European energy issues. This position was supported by a so-called higher-ambition coalition that includes the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Portugal and also supported more ambitious targets for RES and energy efficiency . On the other hand, other Member States supported Hungary’s position to allow ACER’s Board of Regulators, which represents the 28 States, to have an extended mandate allowing it to exert a closer scrutiny on the decisions proposed by ACER’s Director.

The adopted General Approach allows the Council’s preparatory bodies to get ready for the upcoming trilogues on the file with the MEPs from the ITRE Committee and the EC. On 12 June, as part of the preparations, the Council Secretariat published the four-column document on the ACER Regulation trilogue, which will commence under the Austrian Presidency in the second half of 2018 (see news of 15/06/2018: “Upcoming Austrian Council of the EU Presidency presents energy priorities for next six months“).