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2016/0031(COD) Member State/third country intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy: information exchange mechanism

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ITRE KRASNODĘBSKI Zdzisław (icon: ECR ECR) URUTCHEV Vladimir (icon: PPE PPE), BALČYTIS Zigmantas (icon: S&D S&D), MLINAR Angelika (icon: ALDE ALDE), TARAND Indrek (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), BORRELLI David (icon: EFDD EFDD), SCHAFFHAUSER Jean-Luc (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion AFET KUKAN Eduard (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion INTA BENDTSEN Bendt (icon: PPE PPE) David BORRELLI (icon: EFDD EFDD), Marielle DE SARNEZ (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 194-p2

Events

2017/05/16
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2017/04/12
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to address the shortcomings of the current mechanism for the exchange of information on international energy contracts.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision (EU) 2017/684 of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy, and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU.

CONTENT: this Decision establishes a mechanism for the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission with regard to intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy. It repeals Decision No 994/2012/EU which has proved to be ineffective in terms of ensuring the compliance of intergovernmental agreements with Union law.

The European Parliament, in its resolution of 15 December 2015 entitled ‘Towards a European Energy Union’, stressed the need to enhance the coherence of the Union's external energy security policies and greater transparency in energy-related agreements.

The main elements of the Decision are the following:

Interinstitutional Agreement : the definition covers any legally binding agreement, regardless of its formal designation, between one or more Member States and one or more third countries, or between one or more Member States and an international organisation, which concerns: the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State; or the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State.

Notification obligations : when a Member State intends to enter into negotiations with a third country or an international organisation in order to amend an intergovernmental agreement or to conclude a new intergovernmental agreement, it shall inform the Commission in writing of its intention at the earliest possible moment before the envisaged opening of the negotiations . It shall keep the Commission regularly informed of the progress of the negotiations.

Where that draft agreement or amendment refers explicitly to other texts, the respective Member State shall also submit those other texts in so far as they contain elements which concern the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of gas or oil in or to at least one Member State or the construction or operation of gas or oil infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State.

Assistance from the Commission : the Commission services may provide Member States with advice on how to avoid incompatibility with Union law of the intergovernmental agreement under negotiation. Such advice may include relevant optional model clauses and guidance that the Commission develops in consultation with Member States.

At the request of the Member State concerned, the Commission may participate in the negotiations as an observer.

Assessment by the Commission : the Commission shall:

within 5 weeks of the date of notification of the complete draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment, including any annexes thereto, inform the Member State concerned of any doubts it may have as to the compatibility with Union law of the draft intergovernmental agreement; provide the Member State concerned with its opinion on the compatibility with Union law, in particular with internal energy market rules and Union competition law, of the draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment within 12 weeks of the date of notification.

The Member State shall not agree to the draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment until the Commission has informed the Member State of any doubts, or, where applicable, has issued its opinion.

Before signing an intergovernmental agreement, the Member State concerned shall take utmost account of the Commission's opinion.

Non-binding instruments : they may be subject to a notification, on a voluntary basis, before or after their adoption.

Coordination among Member States : the Commission shall review developments in relation to intergovernmental agreements and striving for consistency and coherence in the Union's external energy relations with producer, transit, and consumer countries.

By 3 May 2018, the Commission shall develop optional model clauses and guidance, including a list of examples of clauses that do not respect Union law and should therefore not be used.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 2.5.2017.

2017/04/05
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2017/04/05
   CSL - Final act signed
2017/04/05
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2017/03/21
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2017/03/21
   CSL - Council Meeting
2017/03/02
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2017/03/02
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 542 votes to 87, with 19 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU.

The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Subject-matter and scope : the amended text stipulated that the Decision establishes a mechanism for the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission with regard to intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy, in order to ensure the functioning of the internal energy market and enhance the security of energy supply in the Union. Members stressed the importance of transparency and compliance with Union law to ensure the energy stability of the Union.

Intergovernmental Agreement : the definition covers any legally binding agreement, regardless of its formal designation, between one or more Member States and one or more third countries, or between one or more Member States and an international organisation, which concerns: (a) the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State; or (b) the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State.

Notification obligations : when a Member State intends to enter into negotiations with a third country or an international organisation in order to amend an intergovernmental agreement or to conclude a new intergovernmental agreement, the Member State concerned should keep the Commission regularly informed of the progress of the negotiations . The information provided to the Commission shall include an indication of the provisions to be addressed in the negotiations and the objectives of the negotiations in accordance with the provisions on confidentiality.

Where the ratified intergovernmental agreement refers explicitly to other texts, the Member State concerned shall also submit those other texts in so far as they contain elements which concern the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State or the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State.

Moreover, where a Member State negotiates an intergovernmental agreement relating to electricity and has been unable to reach a firm conclusion as to the compatibility with Union law, it shall notify to the Commission the draft agreement for ex-ante assessment, as soon as an agreement has been reached by the parties on all the main elements of that draft, but before the closure of formal negotiations.

Where a Member State is in doubt as to whether an agreement constitutes an intergovernmental agreement and thus whether it is to be notified, the Member State shall consult the Commission without delay.

Assistance from the Commission : the Commission services may provide it with advice on how to avoid incompatibility with Union law of the intergovernmental agreement. Such advice may include relevant optional model clauses and guidance that the Commission develops in consultation with Member States.

The Commission services may also draw the attention of the Member State concerned to the relevant Union energy policy objectives, including on the Energy Union. The Commission may request to participate in the negotiations as an observer where it considers this to be necessary. The Commission’s participation shall be subject to the written approval of the Member State concerned.

Assessment by the Commission : the Commission shall, within five weeks of the date of notification of the complete draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment, inform the Member State concerned of any doubts it may have as to the compatibility with Union law of the draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment.

Before signing, ratifying or agreeing to an intergovernmental agreement or amendment, the Member State concerned shall take utmost account of the Commission's opinion.

Notification with respect to non-binding instruments : in the interest of transparency, Member States shall submit to the Commission non-binding instruments which set out the conditions for energy supply, such as volumes and prices, or for the development of energy infrastructures.

If a non-binding instrument or an amendment refers explicitly to other texts, the Member State should also be able to submit those other texts.

Model clauses : by one year after the date of entry into force of this Decision, the Commission shall, on the basis of best practices and in consultation with Member States, develop optional model clauses and guidance, including a list of examples of clauses that do not respect Union law and should therefore not be used.

Documents
2017/03/01
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2017/01/26
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
2017/01/13
   CSL - Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement
2016/10/18
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
Details

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report by Zdzisław KRASNODĘBSKI (ECR, PL) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

Subject matter and scope : Members stated that the proposed decision should ensure the correct functioning of the internal energy market and ensure security of supply to the Union and to help achieve the goals of the Energy Union Strategy .

Intergovernmental agreement : the definition should cover any legally binding agreement, regardless of its formal designation having a potential impact on the operation or the functioning of the internal energy market or on the security of energy supply in the Union and which may concern the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State, or the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State.

Notice of negotiations : once the Member State has given the Commission such notice of negotiations, the Member State concerned shall keep the Commission regularly informed of the progress of the negotiations . The information provided to the Commission shall include indications of the provisions to be addressed in the negotiations, the objectives of the negotiations and other relevant information in accordance with confidentiality provisions.

The Commission shall make the information received, with the exception of confidential parts identified and any note regarding the incompatibility with Union law accessible to all Member States in order to ensure that the objectives of the Energy Union are achieved.

The obligation to notify to the Commission shall not apply in respect of agreements that are concluded solely between undertakings . However, subject to fully respecting commercially sensitive information Member States should be obliged to communicate to the Commission agreements that are concluded solely between undertakings where they are referred to explicitly in intergovernmental agreements or non-binding instrument.

Assistance from the Commission : during the negotiations of an intergovernmental agreement, the Commission should develop, together with Member States, optional model clauses or guidelines in order to avoid incompatibility of intergovernmental agreements with Union's energy security objectives.

Where the Commission considers it to be necessary in view of the functioning of the internal energy market or the security of energy supply in the Union, it shall participate in the negotiations as an observer without limiting Member States’ freedom of negotiations . A Member State concerned may also request the assistance of the Commission in the negotiations

Commission representatives shall handle sensitive information received during the negotiations with due confidentiality

Commission’s assessment : where the Commission finds an intergovernmental agreement or amendment to be incompatible with Union law, it shall provide the Member State with a detailed opinion . Before signing, ratifying or agreeing to an intergovernmental agreement or amendment, the Member State concerned shall demonstrate how the Commission's opinion has been addressed in order to ensure full compliance with Union law. The Commission shall inform the Member State concerned of its doubts that the measures implementing the non-binding instrument could conflict with Union law or the objectives of the Energy Union Strategy.

Before signing, ratifying or agreeing to a non-binding instrument or amendment, the Member State concerned shall demonstrate how the Commission's opinion has been addressed.

Transparency and confidentiality : the Commission shall make information which has not been identified as confidential accessible in secure electronic form to all other Member States as well as its summaries, together with the note regarding any incompatibility with Union law as well as its comments regarding the compliance with the Energy Union Strategy.

IT systems : by 1 year after the date of entry into force of this Decision, the Commission shall, on the basis of best practices and after consulting Member States, develop an aggregated information system which, while protecting the confidentiality of sensitive information, guarantees increased transparency of the main elements of intergovernmental agreements so as to establish an indicative benchmark which can be used by Member States in negotiations in order to prevent the abuse of dominant positions by third countries.

Documents
2016/10/13
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
2016/10/13
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2016/09/27
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2016/09/14
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2016/07/29
   DE_BUNDESTAG - Contribution
Documents
2016/07/01
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2016/06/15
   FR_SENATE - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2016/06/13
   MT_PARLIAMENT - Reasoned opinion
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2016/06/09
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2016/06/09
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2016/06/06
   CSL - Debate in Council
Documents
2016/06/06
   CSL - Council Meeting
2016/05/30
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2016/04/27
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2016/04/27
   RO_SENATE - Contribution
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2016/04/25
   ES_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2016/04/21
   CZ_CHAMBER - Contribution
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2016/04/14
   AT_BUNDESRAT - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2016/03/15
   EP - KUKAN Eduard (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in AFET
2016/03/14
   EP - BENDTSEN Bendt (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in INTA
2016/03/07
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2016/02/25
   EP - KRASNODĘBSKI Zdzisław (ECR) appointed as rapporteur in ITRE
2016/02/16
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2016/02/16
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2016/02/16
   EC - Legislative proposal published
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PURPOSE: to establish an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy.

PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: Decision 994/2012/EU established an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between Member States and third countries in the field of energy. The main feature of this mechanism is that the Commission carries out compliance checks of IGAs after a Member State and a third country have concluded such agreements.

Decision No 994/2012/EU was useful for receiving information on existing intergovernmental agreements and for identifying problems posed by them in terms of their compatibility with Union law. However, it proved ineffective in terms of ensuring compliance of intergovernmental agreements with Union law .

The European Council in its conclusions of 19 March 2015 also called for full compliance with EU law of all agreements related to the buying of gas from external suppliers, notably by reinforcing transparency of such agreements and compatibility with EU energy security provisions

The review of the current IGA Decision forms part of the deliverables of the Energy Union Strategy adopted in February 2015, which sets the overall context and governance structure for a renewed EU energy policy .

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: five policy options have been considered in the Impact Assessment: the option maintained was the one in which the Commission carries out obligatory ex-ante assessments of IGAs .

CONTENT: the proposal seeks to repeal and replace Decision No 994/2012/EU and aims to:

ensure the compliance of IGAs with EU law to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market and enhance the EU's energy security; and

enhance the transparency of IGAs in order to increase the cost effectiveness of the EU's energy supply and solidarity between Member States

The IGA Decision thus applies to all energy commodity related supply and infrastructure IGAs, in particular gas, oil and electricity. Only IGAs concerning matters within the purview of the Euratom Treaty are not covered. For these IGAs Article 103 of the Euratom Treaty provides for a specific ex-ante procedure. The scope of the IGA Decision excludes commercial contracts between commercial entities.

The revised Decision contains the following elements:

Notification obligations with regard to intergovernmental agreements : Member States should:

inform the Commission of its intent to enter into negotiations with third country regarding conclusion of new intergovernmental agreements or amending existing ones; notify to Commission a draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment with all accompanying documents as soon as agreement has been reached in the negotiations by the parties.

Assessment by the Commission : the Commission should:

perform ex-ante assessment of draft intergovernmental agreements or amendments and to inform Member State of possible doubts it may have as to the compatibility with Union law, in particular with internal energy market legislation and Union competition law within six week; inform Member State of its opinion on compatibility of intergovernmental agreement or amendment with Union law within 12 weeks of date of notification.

Member States shall not conclude proposed intergovernmental agreement or amendment until Commission informed Member State of any doubts and its opinion.

Obligation of Member State to submit to Commission existing and future non-binding instruments with all accompanying documents. The Commission may perform ex-post assessment of submitted non-binding instruments and inform Member State accordingly if it considers measures implementing the non-binding instrument could conflict with Union law.

The Commission should share documents it has received with other Member States in accordance with confidentiality provisions.

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Activities

Votes

A8-0305/2016 - Zdzisław Krasnodębski - Am 51 #

2017/03/02 Outcome: +: 542, -: 87, 0: 19
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65
47
49
26
61
60
19
16
13
23
19
17
20
12
12
15
10
9
10
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7
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10
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2

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Belgium ENF

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AmendmentsDossier
314 2016/0031(COD)
2016/06/15 AFET 38 amendments...
source: 584.262
2016/07/01 ITRE 204 amendments...
source: 585.613
2016/07/18 INTA 72 amendments...
source: 587.456

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  • date: 2016-06-09T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2016)0053 title: COM(2016)0053 type: Contribution body: CZ_SENATE
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  • date: 2016-02-16T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2016/0053/COM_COM(2016)0053_EN.pdf title: COM(2016)0053 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2016&nu_doc=0053 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to establish an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy. PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council. ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council. BACKGROUND: Decision 994/2012/EU established an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between Member States and third countries in the field of energy. The main feature of this mechanism is that the Commission carries out compliance checks of IGAs after a Member State and a third country have concluded such agreements. Decision No 994/2012/EU was useful for receiving information on existing intergovernmental agreements and for identifying problems posed by them in terms of their compatibility with Union law. However, it proved ineffective in terms of ensuring compliance of intergovernmental agreements with Union law . The European Council in its conclusions of 19 March 2015 also called for full compliance with EU law of all agreements related to the buying of gas from external suppliers, notably by reinforcing transparency of such agreements and compatibility with EU energy security provisions The review of the current IGA Decision forms part of the deliverables of the Energy Union Strategy adopted in February 2015, which sets the overall context and governance structure for a renewed EU energy policy . IMPACT ASSESSMENT: five policy options have been considered in the Impact Assessment: the option maintained was the one in which the Commission carries out obligatory ex-ante assessments of IGAs . CONTENT: the proposal seeks to repeal and replace Decision No 994/2012/EU and aims to: ensure the compliance of IGAs with EU law to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market and enhance the EU's energy security; and enhance the transparency of IGAs in order to increase the cost effectiveness of the EU's energy supply and solidarity between Member States The IGA Decision thus applies to all energy commodity related supply and infrastructure IGAs, in particular gas, oil and electricity. Only IGAs concerning matters within the purview of the Euratom Treaty are not covered. For these IGAs Article 103 of the Euratom Treaty provides for a specific ex-ante procedure. The scope of the IGA Decision excludes commercial contracts between commercial entities. The revised Decision contains the following elements: Notification obligations with regard to intergovernmental agreements : Member States should: inform the Commission of its intent to enter into negotiations with third country regarding conclusion of new intergovernmental agreements or amending existing ones; notify to Commission a draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment with all accompanying documents as soon as agreement has been reached in the negotiations by the parties. Assessment by the Commission : the Commission should: perform ex-ante assessment of draft intergovernmental agreements or amendments and to inform Member State of possible doubts it may have as to the compatibility with Union law, in particular with internal energy market legislation and Union competition law within six week; inform Member State of its opinion on compatibility of intergovernmental agreement or amendment with Union law within 12 weeks of date of notification. Member States shall not conclude proposed intergovernmental agreement or amendment until Commission informed Member State of any doubts and its opinion. Obligation of Member State to submit to Commission existing and future non-binding instruments with all accompanying documents. The Commission may perform ex-post assessment of submitted non-binding instruments and inform Member State accordingly if it considers measures implementing the non-binding instrument could conflict with Union law. The Commission should share documents it has received with other Member States in accordance with confidentiality provisions.
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  • date: 2016-10-13T00:00:00 type: Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
  • date: 2016-10-13T00:00:00 type: Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee body: EP
  • date: 2016-10-18T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2016-0305&language=EN title: A8-0305/2016 summary: The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report by Zdzisław KRASNODĘBSKI (ECR, PL) on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU. The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows: Subject matter and scope : Members stated that the proposed decision should ensure the correct functioning of the internal energy market and ensure security of supply to the Union and to help achieve the goals of the Energy Union Strategy . Intergovernmental agreement : the definition should cover any legally binding agreement, regardless of its formal designation having a potential impact on the operation or the functioning of the internal energy market or on the security of energy supply in the Union and which may concern the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State, or the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State. Notice of negotiations : once the Member State has given the Commission such notice of negotiations, the Member State concerned shall keep the Commission regularly informed of the progress of the negotiations . The information provided to the Commission shall include indications of the provisions to be addressed in the negotiations, the objectives of the negotiations and other relevant information in accordance with confidentiality provisions. The Commission shall make the information received, with the exception of confidential parts identified and any note regarding the incompatibility with Union law accessible to all Member States in order to ensure that the objectives of the Energy Union are achieved. The obligation to notify to the Commission shall not apply in respect of agreements that are concluded solely between undertakings . However, subject to fully respecting commercially sensitive information Member States should be obliged to communicate to the Commission agreements that are concluded solely between undertakings where they are referred to explicitly in intergovernmental agreements or non-binding instrument. Assistance from the Commission : during the negotiations of an intergovernmental agreement, the Commission should develop, together with Member States, optional model clauses or guidelines in order to avoid incompatibility of intergovernmental agreements with Union's energy security objectives. Where the Commission considers it to be necessary in view of the functioning of the internal energy market or the security of energy supply in the Union, it shall participate in the negotiations as an observer without limiting Member States’ freedom of negotiations . A Member State concerned may also request the assistance of the Commission in the negotiations Commission representatives shall handle sensitive information received during the negotiations with due confidentiality Commission’s assessment : where the Commission finds an intergovernmental agreement or amendment to be incompatible with Union law, it shall provide the Member State with a detailed opinion . Before signing, ratifying or agreeing to an intergovernmental agreement or amendment, the Member State concerned shall demonstrate how the Commission's opinion has been addressed in order to ensure full compliance with Union law. The Commission shall inform the Member State concerned of its doubts that the measures implementing the non-binding instrument could conflict with Union law or the objectives of the Energy Union Strategy. Before signing, ratifying or agreeing to a non-binding instrument or amendment, the Member State concerned shall demonstrate how the Commission's opinion has been addressed. Transparency and confidentiality : the Commission shall make information which has not been identified as confidential accessible in secure electronic form to all other Member States as well as its summaries, together with the note regarding any incompatibility with Union law as well as its comments regarding the compliance with the Energy Union Strategy. IT systems : by 1 year after the date of entry into force of this Decision, the Commission shall, on the basis of best practices and after consulting Member States, develop an aggregated information system which, while protecting the confidentiality of sensitive information, guarantees increased transparency of the main elements of intergovernmental agreements so as to establish an indicative benchmark which can be used by Member States in negotiations in order to prevent the abuse of dominant positions by third countries.
  • date: 2017-01-26T00:00:00 type: Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/commissions/itre/inag/2017/01-23/ITRE_AG(2017)613653_EN.pdf title: PE613.653 url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/commissions/itre/lcag/2017/02-21/ITRE_LA(2017)000419_EN.pdf title: GEDA/A/(2017)000419
  • date: 2017-03-01T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20170301&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2017-03-02T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=27730&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
  • date: 2017-03-02T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2017-0059 title: T8-0059/2017 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 542 votes to 87, with 19 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU. The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows: Subject-matter and scope : the amended text stipulated that the Decision establishes a mechanism for the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission with regard to intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy, in order to ensure the functioning of the internal energy market and enhance the security of energy supply in the Union. Members stressed the importance of transparency and compliance with Union law to ensure the energy stability of the Union. Intergovernmental Agreement : the definition covers any legally binding agreement, regardless of its formal designation, between one or more Member States and one or more third countries, or between one or more Member States and an international organisation, which concerns: (a) the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State; or (b) the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State. Notification obligations : when a Member State intends to enter into negotiations with a third country or an international organisation in order to amend an intergovernmental agreement or to conclude a new intergovernmental agreement, the Member State concerned should keep the Commission regularly informed of the progress of the negotiations . The information provided to the Commission shall include an indication of the provisions to be addressed in the negotiations and the objectives of the negotiations in accordance with the provisions on confidentiality. Where the ratified intergovernmental agreement refers explicitly to other texts, the Member State concerned shall also submit those other texts in so far as they contain elements which concern the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State or the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State. Moreover, where a Member State negotiates an intergovernmental agreement relating to electricity and has been unable to reach a firm conclusion as to the compatibility with Union law, it shall notify to the Commission the draft agreement for ex-ante assessment, as soon as an agreement has been reached by the parties on all the main elements of that draft, but before the closure of formal negotiations. Where a Member State is in doubt as to whether an agreement constitutes an intergovernmental agreement and thus whether it is to be notified, the Member State shall consult the Commission without delay. Assistance from the Commission : the Commission services may provide it with advice on how to avoid incompatibility with Union law of the intergovernmental agreement. Such advice may include relevant optional model clauses and guidance that the Commission develops in consultation with Member States. The Commission services may also draw the attention of the Member State concerned to the relevant Union energy policy objectives, including on the Energy Union. The Commission may request to participate in the negotiations as an observer where it considers this to be necessary. The Commission’s participation shall be subject to the written approval of the Member State concerned. Assessment by the Commission : the Commission shall, within five weeks of the date of notification of the complete draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment, inform the Member State concerned of any doubts it may have as to the compatibility with Union law of the draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment. Before signing, ratifying or agreeing to an intergovernmental agreement or amendment, the Member State concerned shall take utmost account of the Commission's opinion. Notification with respect to non-binding instruments : in the interest of transparency, Member States shall submit to the Commission non-binding instruments which set out the conditions for energy supply, such as volumes and prices, or for the development of energy infrastructures. If a non-binding instrument or an amendment refers explicitly to other texts, the Member State should also be able to submit those other texts. Model clauses : by one year after the date of entry into force of this Decision, the Commission shall, on the basis of best practices and in consultation with Member States, develop optional model clauses and guidance, including a list of examples of clauses that do not respect Union law and should therefore not be used.
  • date: 2017-03-21T00:00:00 type: Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading body: EP/CSL
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  • date: 2017-04-12T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to address the shortcomings of the current mechanism for the exchange of information on international energy contracts. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Decision (EU) 2017/684 of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy, and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU. CONTENT: this Decision establishes a mechanism for the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission with regard to intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy. It repeals Decision No 994/2012/EU which has proved to be ineffective in terms of ensuring the compliance of intergovernmental agreements with Union law. The European Parliament, in its resolution of 15 December 2015 entitled ‘Towards a European Energy Union’, stressed the need to enhance the coherence of the Union's external energy security policies and greater transparency in energy-related agreements. The main elements of the Decision are the following: Interinstitutional Agreement : the definition covers any legally binding agreement, regardless of its formal designation, between one or more Member States and one or more third countries, or between one or more Member States and an international organisation, which concerns: the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State; or the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State. Notification obligations : when a Member State intends to enter into negotiations with a third country or an international organisation in order to amend an intergovernmental agreement or to conclude a new intergovernmental agreement, it shall inform the Commission in writing of its intention at the earliest possible moment before the envisaged opening of the negotiations . It shall keep the Commission regularly informed of the progress of the negotiations. Where that draft agreement or amendment refers explicitly to other texts, the respective Member State shall also submit those other texts in so far as they contain elements which concern the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of gas or oil in or to at least one Member State or the construction or operation of gas or oil infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State. Assistance from the Commission : the Commission services may provide Member States with advice on how to avoid incompatibility with Union law of the intergovernmental agreement under negotiation. Such advice may include relevant optional model clauses and guidance that the Commission develops in consultation with Member States. At the request of the Member State concerned, the Commission may participate in the negotiations as an observer. Assessment by the Commission : the Commission shall: within 5 weeks of the date of notification of the complete draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment, including any annexes thereto, inform the Member State concerned of any doubts it may have as to the compatibility with Union law of the draft intergovernmental agreement; provide the Member State concerned with its opinion on the compatibility with Union law, in particular with internal energy market rules and Union competition law, of the draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment within 12 weeks of the date of notification. The Member State shall not agree to the draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment until the Commission has informed the Member State of any doubts, or, where applicable, has issued its opinion. Before signing an intergovernmental agreement, the Member State concerned shall take utmost account of the Commission's opinion. Non-binding instruments : they may be subject to a notification, on a voluntary basis, before or after their adoption. Coordination among Member States : the Commission shall review developments in relation to intergovernmental agreements and striving for consistency and coherence in the Union's external energy relations with producer, transit, and consumer countries. By 3 May 2018, the Commission shall develop optional model clauses and guidance, including a list of examples of clauses that do not respect Union law and should therefore not be used. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 2.5.2017. docs: title: Decision 2017/684 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32017D0684 title: OJ L 099 12.04.2017, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2017:099:TOC
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  • The European Parliament adopted by 542 votes to 87, with 19 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU.

    The European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

    Subject-matter and scope: the amended text stipulated that the Decision establishes a mechanism for the exchange of information between Member States and the Commission with regard to intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy, in order to ensure the functioning of the internal energy market and enhance the security of energy supply in the Union. Members stressed the importance of transparency and compliance with Union law to ensure the energy stability of the Union.

    Intergovernmental Agreement: the definition covers any legally binding agreement, regardless of its formal designation, between one or more Member States and one or more third countries, or between one or more Member States and an international organisation, which concerns: (a) the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State; or (b) the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State.

    Notification obligations: when a Member State intends to enter into negotiations with a third country or an international organisation in order to amend an intergovernmental agreement or to conclude a new intergovernmental agreement, the Member State concerned should keep the Commission regularly informed of the progress of the negotiations. The information provided to the Commission shall include an indication of the provisions to be addressed in the negotiations and the objectives of the negotiations in accordance with the provisions on confidentiality.

    Where the ratified intergovernmental agreement refers explicitly to other texts, the Member State concerned shall also submit those other texts in so far as they contain elements which concern the purchase, trade, sale, transit, storage or supply of energy in or to at least one Member State or the construction or operation of energy infrastructure with a physical connection to at least one Member State.

    Moreover, where a Member State negotiates an intergovernmental agreement relating to electricity and has been unable to reach a firm conclusion as to the compatibility with Union law, it shall notify to the Commission the draft agreement for ex-ante assessment, as soon as an agreement has been reached by the parties on all the main elements of that draft, but before the closure of formal negotiations.

    Where a Member State is in doubt as to whether an agreement constitutes an intergovernmental agreement and thus whether it is to be notified, the Member State shall consult the Commission without delay.

    Assistance from the Commission: the Commission services may provide it with advice on how to avoid incompatibility with Union law of the intergovernmental agreement. Such advice may include relevant optional model clauses and guidance that the Commission develops in consultation with Member States.

    The Commission services may also draw the attention of the Member State concerned to the relevant Union energy policy objectives, including on the Energy Union. The Commission may request to participate in the negotiations as an observer where it considers this to be necessary. The Commission’s participation shall be subject to the written approval of the Member State concerned.

    Assessment by the Commission: the Commission shall, within five weeks of the date of notification of the complete draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment, inform the Member State concerned of any doubts it may have as to the compatibility with Union law of the draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment.

    Before signing, ratifying or agreeing to an intergovernmental agreement or amendment, the Member State concerned shall take utmost account of the Commission's opinion.

    Notification with respect to non-binding instruments: in the interest of transparency, Member States shall submit to the Commission non-binding instruments which set out the conditions for energy supply, such as volumes and prices, or for the development of energy infrastructures.

    If a non-binding instrument or an amendment refers explicitly to other texts, the Member State should also be able to submit those other texts.

    Model clauses: by one year after the date of entry into force of this Decision, the Commission shall, on the basis of best practices and in consultation with Member States, develop optional model clauses and guidance, including a list of examples of clauses that do not respect Union law and should therefore not be used.

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  • PURPOSE: to establish an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy.

    PROPOSED ACT: Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

    BACKGROUND: Decision 994/2012/EU established an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between Member States and third countries in the field of energy. The main feature of this mechanism is that the Commission carries out compliance checks of IGAs after a Member State and a third country have concluded such agreements.

    Decision No 994/2012/EU was useful for receiving information on existing intergovernmental agreements and for identifying problems posed by them in terms of their compatibility with Union law. However, it proved ineffective in terms of ensuring compliance of intergovernmental agreements with Union law.

    The European Council in its conclusions of 19 March 2015 also called for full compliance with EU law of all agreements related to the buying of gas from external suppliers, notably by reinforcing transparency of such agreements and compatibility with EU energy security provisions

    The review of the current IGA Decision forms part of the deliverables of the Energy Union Strategy adopted in February 2015, which sets the overall context and governance structure for a renewed EU energy policy.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: five policy options have been considered in the Impact Assessment: the option maintained was the one in which the Commission carries out obligatory ex-ante assessments of IGAs.

    CONTENT: the proposal seeks to repeal and replace Decision No 994/2012/EU and aims to:

    ensure the compliance of IGAs with EU law to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market and enhance the EU's energy security; and

    enhance the transparency of IGAs in order to increase the cost effectiveness of the EU's energy supply and solidarity between Member States

    The IGA Decision thus applies to all energy commodity related supply and infrastructure IGAs, in particular gas, oil and electricity. Only IGAs concerning matters within the purview of the Euratom Treaty are not covered. For these IGAs Article 103 of the Euratom Treaty provides for a specific ex-ante procedure. The scope of the IGA Decision excludes commercial contracts between commercial entities.

    The revised Decision contains the following elements:

    Notification obligations with regard to intergovernmental agreements: Member States should:

    • inform the Commission of its intent to enter into negotiations with third country regarding conclusion of new intergovernmental agreements or amending existing ones;
    • notify to Commission a draft intergovernmental agreement or amendment with all accompanying documents as soon as agreement has been reached in the negotiations by the parties.

    Assessment by the Commission: the Commission should:

    • perform ex-ante assessment of draft intergovernmental agreements or amendments and to inform Member State of possible doubts it may have as to the compatibility with Union law, in particular with internal energy market legislation and Union competition law within six week;
    • inform Member State of its opinion on compatibility of intergovernmental agreement or amendment with Union law within 12 weeks of date of notification.

    Member States shall not conclude proposed intergovernmental agreement or amendment until Commission informed Member State of any doubts and its opinion.

    Obligation of Member State to submit to Commission existing and future non-binding instruments with all accompanying documents. The Commission may perform ex-post assessment of submitted non-binding instruments and inform Member State accordingly if it considers measures implementing the non-binding instrument could conflict with Union law.

    The Commission should share documents it has received with other Member States in accordance with confidentiality provisions.

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