European Energy Security Strategy

New rules has been established for the security of gas supply in Europe


A new Regulation concerning the security of gas supply is in place in Europe starting with 25 October 2017.

From the last gas crisis in 2006 were gas was cutt-off by Russia, followed by the crisis in 2009 and the European panic, with the new rules in place the European Union wants to avoid a new crisis in the next future.

In a politicized world were the energy industry is under key, the new rules are the only solution or this is only a small step from many to do?

As we can see in the new Regulation (EU) 2017/1938 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2017, concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply and repealing Regulation (EU) No 994/2010, Natural gas remains an essential component of the energy supply of the Union. A large proportion of such gas is imported into the Union from third countries.

A major disruption of gas supply can affect all Member States, the Union and Contracting Parties to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community, signed in Athens on 25 October 2005. It can also severely damage the Union economy and can have a major social impact, in particular on vulnerable groups of customers.

This Regulation aims to ensure that all the necessary measures are taken to safeguard an uninterrupted supply of gas throughout the Union, in particular to protected customers in the event of difficult climatic conditions or disruptions of the gas supply. Those objectives should be achieved through the most cost-effective measures and in such a way that gas markets are not distorted.  More

The internal market in natural gas, which has been progressively implemented since 1999, aims to deliver real choice for all consumers in the Community.

It is necessary to specify the criteria according to which tariffs for access to the network are determined, in order to ensure that they fully comply with the principle of nondiscrimination.

In particular, non-discriminatory network access and an equally effective level of regulatory supervision do not yet exist in each Member State, and isolated markets persist.

Gas Regulation (EC) 715/2009 requires ENTSOG to develop the TYNDP on a biennial basis. The principal aim of the TYNDP is to provide a consistent view of the pan-European gas infrastructure

Regulation (EC) № 715/2009 and its amendments require ENTSOG to provide a Union-wide platform where all Transmission System Operators for gas shall make their relevant data publicly available.

After a temporary 2% increase of EU gas production in the first quarter of 2015, output returned to its downward trend: it decreased by 14% in both the second and the third quarters. More


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