On 22nd November 2005, the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) launched a public consultation on Roadmap for a competitive single gas market in Europe. This document rewiews the current state of European gas markets, describes regulators' views of the eventual goal of a competitive single European market for gas, sets priorities, and identifies a timetable and process for making progress.
The roadmap aims to deliver practical improvements to European gas markets by close examination of the current situation in specific regions across Europe . ERGEG is therefore seeking stakeholders' support for a set of regional initiatives.
ERGEG invites all interested parties to respond to this consultation paper and to participate fully in the regional initiatives described above. ERGEG invites stakeholders to comment on issues raised in this paper, and in particular to respond to the detailed questions.
Any comments should be received by 23rd January 2006 and should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any question to this document should in the first instance be directed to:
Mrs Una Shortall
Tel. +32 2 788 73 30
Fax +32 2 788 73 50
The result of this public consultation was the launch by ERGEG (with the backing of the European Commission) of the Gas Regional Initiative in Spring 2006 which set up 3 regional gas markets in Europe, as a first step to creating a single-EU gas market.
These regions identify and implement practical solutions to overcome barriers to competition and trade within the region.
Safeguards are in place so as to ensure that such regional market integration facilitates the ultimate objective, namely a single-EU electricity market.
See the Gas Regional Initiative section of the website.