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2017/0294(COD) Internal market in natural gas: pipelines to and from third countries

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ITRE BUZEK Jerzy (icon: PPE PPE) NICA Dan (icon: S&D S&D), KRASNODĘBSKI Zdzisław (icon: ECR ECR), PETERSEN Morten (icon: ALDE ALDE), TURMES Claude (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), TAMBURRANO Dario (icon: EFDD EFDD), KAPPEL Barbara (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion ECON
Committee Opinion ENVI
Committee Opinion IMCO
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 194-p2

Events

2019/06/12
   EC - Commission response to text adopted in plenary
Documents
2019/05/03
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to extend EU rules to pipelines to and from third countries.

LEGISLATIVE ACT: Directive (EU) 2019/692 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas.

CONTENT: this Directive amends Gas Directive 2009/73/EC to ensure that the rules governing the EU’s internal gas market apply to gas transmission lines between a Member State and a third country, up to the territory or territorial waters of the Member State.

Consistency of the legal framework within the Union

In concrete terms, the amendments adopted aim to make it clear that the main principles of EU energy legislation (third party access to the network, pricing rules, ownership unbundling and transparency requirements) shall apply to all pipelines to and from third countries up to the border of the EU territory.

This shall establish consistency of the legal framework within the Union while avoiding distortion of competition in the internal energy market in the Union and negative impacts on the security of supply. It shall also enhance transparency and provide legal certainty to market participants, in particular investors in gas infrastructure and system users, as regards the applicable legal regime.

Derogations

The Directive provides for the possibility of granting derogations for existing pipelines to and from third countries. These derogations shall be granted on a case-by-case basis, for a maximum period of 20 years, on the basis of objective justification, renewable if justified, provided that such derogations do not affect competition, the efficient functioning of the market or security of supply in the Union.

Authorisation procedure

As regards agreements or parts of agreements concluded with third countries which may have an impact on common Union rules, the Directive establishes a coherent and transparent procedure allowing the Commission to authorise a Member State, at its request, to enter negotiations in order to amend, adapt, renew or conclude an agreement with a third country concerning the operation of a transmission line with a third country concerning matters falling, entirely or partly, within the scope of this Directive.

Technical agreements regarding the operation of transmission lines

This Directive does not affect the freedom of transmission system operators or other economic operators to maintain in force or to conclude technical agreements on issues concerning the operation of transmission lines between a Member State and a third country, insofar as those agreements are compatible with Union law.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 23.5.2019.

TRANSPOSITION: no later than 24.2.2020.

2019/04/17
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2019/04/17
   CSL - Final act signed
2019/04/17
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2019/04/15
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2019/04/15
   CSL - Council Meeting
2019/04/04
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 465 votes to 95 with 68 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas.

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

Application of Union legislation to pipelines from third countries

The overall objective of the proposed amendment to Directive 2009/73 / EC on gas is to ensure that the rules governing the EU’s internal gas market apply to gas transmission lines between a Member State and a third country, up to the territory or territorial waters of the Member State. In so doing, it establishes consistency of the legal framework within the Union while avoiding distortion of competition in the internal energy market in the Union and negative impacts on the security of supply.

New infrastructure

The proposed amendment to the Directive provides for the possibility of granting exemptions for existing pipelines provided that the exemption is not detrimental to competition in the relevant markets which are likely to be affected by investment, to the effective functioning of the internal market in natural gas, the efficient functioning of the regulated systems concerned, or to security of supply of natural gas in the Union.

Before the adoption of the decision on the exemption, the national regulatory authority, shall consult:

- the national regulatory authorities of the Member States the markets of which are likely to be affected by the new infrastructure; and

- the relevant authorities of the third countries, where the infrastructure in question is connected with the Union network under the jurisdiction of a Member State, and originates from or ends in one or more third countries.

Where the third-country authorities consulted do not respond to the consultation within a reasonable time frame or within a set deadline not exceeding three months, the national regulatory authority concerned may adopt the necessary decision.

Technical agreements concerning the operation of transport pipelines

Transmission system operators will be free to conclude technical agreements with transmission system operators or other entities in third countries on issues concerning the operation and interconnection of transmission systems, provided that the content of such agreements is compatible with Union law.

Technical agreements regarding the operation of transmission lines between transmission system operators or other entities should remain in force provided that they comply with Union law and the relevant decisions of the national regulatory authority.

Derogations for transmission lines to and from third countries

In respect of gas transmission lines between a Member State and a third country completed before the date of entry into force of the amending Directive, the Member State where the first connection point of such a transmission line with a Member State's network is located may decide to derogate from certain provisions of the Directive for the sections of such gas transmission line located in its territory and territorial sea, for objective reasons such as to enable the recovery of the investment made or for reasons of security of supply.

The derogation should not be prejudicial to competition, the efficient functioning of the internal market for natural gas or the security of supply in the Union and should be limited in time up to 20 years based on objective justification, renewable if justified and may be subject to conditions.

Empowerment procedure

Where a Member State intends to enter into negotiations with a third country in order to amend, extend, adapt, renew or conclude an agreement on the operation of a transmission line with a third country concerning matters falling, entirely or partly, within the scope of this Directive, it shall notify the Commission of its intention.

The Commission shall authorise the Member State concerned to enter into formal negotiations with a third country for the part which may affect Union common rules unless it considers that the opening of such negotiations would:

- be in conflict with Union law other than the incompatibilities arising from the allocation of competence between the Union and the Member States;

- be detrimental to the functioning of the internal market in natural gas, competition or security of supply in a Member State or in the Union;

- undermine the objectives of pending negotiations of intergovernmental agreements by the Union with a third country;

- be discriminatory.

Within 90 days of receipt of the, the Commission shall adopt a decision authorising or refusing to authorise a Member State to enter into negotiations in order to amend, extend, adapt, renew or conclude an agreement with a third country. In the event that the Commission refuses authorisation, it shall inform the Member State concerned accordingly and shall give the reasons therefor.

Documents
2019/04/03
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2019/03/18
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
2019/02/20
   CSL - Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement
2018/05/16
   CofR - Committee of the Regions: opinion
Documents
2018/04/19
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2018/04/19
   EP - Committee decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations confirmed by plenary (Rule 71 - vote)
2018/04/16
   EP - Committee decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations announced in plenary (Rule 71)
2018/04/11
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
Details

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report by Jerzy BUZEK (EPP, PL) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas.

As a reminder, the proposal aims to complement the Gas Directive (2009/73/EC) to render the rules currently applicable to EU-internal pipelines also applicable to pipelines to and from third countries.

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

Scope : the rules established by the Directive for natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), should also apply, on a non-discriminatory basis, to biogas and gas from biomass, green hydrogen and synthetic methane produced from renewable energy sources or other types of gas, insofar as it is technically feasible to inject and safely transport them into the natural gas network.

The applicability of Directive 2009/73/EC for gas pipelines to and from third countries remains confined to the territorial limit of Union’s jurisdiction . As regards offshore pipelines, the Directive shall be applicable in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zones of the Member States, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

New infrastructures : major new gas infrastructure, i.e. gas interconnectors, LNG and storage facilities starting commercial operation after 1 January 2019, may, upon request, be exempted, for a defined period of time of not longer than 5 years , from the provisions of the Directive if a number of cumulative conditions are fulfilled.

Members stipulated that the exemption must not be detrimental to competition in the relevant markets which are likely to be affected by the investment, to the effective functioning of the Union’s internal market in natural gas, the efficient functioning of the concerned regulated systems, or to the diversification and security of supply of natural gas to and within the Union or any Member State.

Before adopting the decision, the national regulatory authority shall consult:

the national regulatory authorities of the Member States the markets of which are likely to be affected by the new infrastructure; and the relevant authorities of the third countries , where the infrastructure in question is under the jurisdiction of a Member State and one (or more) third countries. Where the third country authorities subject to such consultation do not respond to the consultation within 3 months, the national regulatory authority concerned may take the necessary decision.

Derogations for existing gas infrastructure : Members considered that the Commission should be involved in decisions on such derogations.

Any draft derogation shall be notified without delay to the Commission, the Gas Coordination Group and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators.

Within three months of receipt of the notification, the Commission shall issue a recommendation on the compliance of the derogation with applicable rules on competition, effective market functioning, security of supply in the Union and with the relevant Union energy policy principles and core objectives, including those of the Energy Union.

The Member States concerned shall take utmost account of the Commission’s recommendation and provide a well-substantiated justification when they decide to depart from it. The derogation shall be limited in time and shall be subject to conditions which contribute to the achievement of the above conditions.

Documents
2018/03/21
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
2018/03/21
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2018/02/19
   RO_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2018/01/26
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2018/01/19
   FR_SENATE - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2018/01/10
   PT_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2017/12/19
   ES_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2017/12/07
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/11/29
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2017/11/17
   EP - BUZEK Jerzy (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in ITRE
2017/11/09
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2017/11/08
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to extend common rules for the internal market in natural gas to gas pipelines from third countries.

PROPOSED ACT: Directive 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: an integrated gas market is the cornerstone of the Energy Union and a key priority of the European Commission. Directive 2009/73/EC (the Gas Directive) has made a significant contribution towards the creation of the internal market in natural gas. However, it does not explicitly set out a legal framework for gas pipelines to and from third countries.

The current practice is to apply the fundamental principles of the gas regulatory framework in relation to third countries, in particular through international agreements on gas pipelines entering the European Union. The Commission therefore considered that legislative action is required in order to define and specify the regulatory framework applicable to all gas pipelines to and from third countries .

The EU is to large extent dependent on gas imports from third countries and it is in the best interest of the EU and gas customers to have as much transparency and competitiveness also on pipelines from those countries.

The measures envisaged are intended to implement key objectives of the Energy Union , in particular as regards the dimension of energy security. They are part of an ongoing effort to ensure the integration and efficient functioning of the European gas markets.

The proposal seeks to implement key objectives of the Energy Union, especially in the dimension of energy security. It is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the integration and effective operation of Europe’s gas markets.

CONTENT: the proposal aims at complementing the Gas Directive (2009/73/EC) to render the rules currently applicable to EU-internal pipelines also applicable to pipelines to and from third countries .

Specifically, the proposed amendments are intended to make clear that the key principles of EU energy law (third party access to the network, tariff regulation, ownership unbundling and transparency) will apply to all pipelines to and from third countries up to the border of EU jurisdiction.

The proposal will also enable new pipelines to and from third countries to apply for an exemption from the above rules pursuant to Article 36 Gas Directive. As regards existing pipelines , which fall outside the scope of Article 36, Member States will be enabled to grant derogations from the application of the main provisions of the Directive, provided that the derogation would not be detrimental to competition, effective market functioning or the security of supply in the Union.

In the absence of an international agreement, an exemption for new infrastructure or derogation for infrastructure already in operation, the pipeline may only be operated in line with the requirements of Directive 2009/73/EC within the borders of EU jurisdiction.

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Votes

A8-0143/2018 - Jerzy Buzek - Am 23 #

2019/04/04 Outcome: +: 465, -: 95, 0: 68
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AmendmentsDossier
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2018/01/26 ITRE 135 amendments...
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  • date: 2017-12-19T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2017)0660 title: COM(2017)0660 type: Contribution body: ES_PARLIAMENT
  • date: 2018-01-10T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.connefof.europarl.europa.eu/connefof/app/exp/COM(2017)0660 title: COM(2017)0660 type: Contribution body: PT_PARLIAMENT
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  • date: 2017-11-08T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2017/0660/COM_COM(2017)0660_EN.pdf title: COM(2017)0660 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2017&nu_doc=0660 title: EUR-Lex summary: PURPOSE: to extend common rules for the internal market in natural gas to gas pipelines from third countries. PROPOSED ACT: Directive 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: an integrated gas market is the cornerstone of the Energy Union and a key priority of the European Commission. Directive 2009/73/EC (the Gas Directive) has made a significant contribution towards the creation of the internal market in natural gas. However, it does not explicitly set out a legal framework for gas pipelines to and from third countries. The current practice is to apply the fundamental principles of the gas regulatory framework in relation to third countries, in particular through international agreements on gas pipelines entering the European Union. The Commission therefore considered that legislative action is required in order to define and specify the regulatory framework applicable to all gas pipelines to and from third countries . The EU is to large extent dependent on gas imports from third countries and it is in the best interest of the EU and gas customers to have as much transparency and competitiveness also on pipelines from those countries. The measures envisaged are intended to implement key objectives of the Energy Union , in particular as regards the dimension of energy security. They are part of an ongoing effort to ensure the integration and efficient functioning of the European gas markets. The proposal seeks to implement key objectives of the Energy Union, especially in the dimension of energy security. It is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the integration and effective operation of Europe’s gas markets. CONTENT: the proposal aims at complementing the Gas Directive (2009/73/EC) to render the rules currently applicable to EU-internal pipelines also applicable to pipelines to and from third countries . Specifically, the proposed amendments are intended to make clear that the key principles of EU energy law (third party access to the network, tariff regulation, ownership unbundling and transparency) will apply to all pipelines to and from third countries up to the border of EU jurisdiction. The proposal will also enable new pipelines to and from third countries to apply for an exemption from the above rules pursuant to Article 36 Gas Directive. As regards existing pipelines , which fall outside the scope of Article 36, Member States will be enabled to grant derogations from the application of the main provisions of the Directive, provided that the derogation would not be detrimental to competition, effective market functioning or the security of supply in the Union. In the absence of an international agreement, an exemption for new infrastructure or derogation for infrastructure already in operation, the pipeline may only be operated in line with the requirements of Directive 2009/73/EC within the borders of EU jurisdiction.
  • date: 2017-11-29T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2018-03-21T00:00:00 type: Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee body: EP
  • date: 2018-04-11T00:00:00 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=A8-2018-0143&language=EN title: A8-0143/2018 summary: The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report by Jerzy BUZEK (EPP, PL) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas. As a reminder, the proposal aims to complement the Gas Directive (2009/73/EC) to render the rules currently applicable to EU-internal pipelines also applicable to pipelines to and from third countries. The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows: Scope : the rules established by the Directive for natural gas, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), should also apply, on a non-discriminatory basis, to biogas and gas from biomass, green hydrogen and synthetic methane produced from renewable energy sources or other types of gas, insofar as it is technically feasible to inject and safely transport them into the natural gas network. The applicability of Directive 2009/73/EC for gas pipelines to and from third countries remains confined to the territorial limit of Union’s jurisdiction . As regards offshore pipelines, the Directive shall be applicable in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zones of the Member States, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). New infrastructures : major new gas infrastructure, i.e. gas interconnectors, LNG and storage facilities starting commercial operation after 1 January 2019, may, upon request, be exempted, for a defined period of time of not longer than 5 years , from the provisions of the Directive if a number of cumulative conditions are fulfilled. Members stipulated that the exemption must not be detrimental to competition in the relevant markets which are likely to be affected by the investment, to the effective functioning of the Union’s internal market in natural gas, the efficient functioning of the concerned regulated systems, or to the diversification and security of supply of natural gas to and within the Union or any Member State. Before adopting the decision, the national regulatory authority shall consult: the national regulatory authorities of the Member States the markets of which are likely to be affected by the new infrastructure; and the relevant authorities of the third countries , where the infrastructure in question is under the jurisdiction of a Member State and one (or more) third countries. Where the third country authorities subject to such consultation do not respond to the consultation within 3 months, the national regulatory authority concerned may take the necessary decision. Derogations for existing gas infrastructure : Members considered that the Commission should be involved in decisions on such derogations. Any draft derogation shall be notified without delay to the Commission, the Gas Coordination Group and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators. Within three months of receipt of the notification, the Commission shall issue a recommendation on the compliance of the derogation with applicable rules on competition, effective market functioning, security of supply in the Union and with the relevant Union energy policy principles and core objectives, including those of the Energy Union. The Member States concerned shall take utmost account of the Commission’s recommendation and provide a well-substantiated justification when they decide to depart from it. The derogation shall be limited in time and shall be subject to conditions which contribute to the achievement of the above conditions.
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  • date: 2019-04-03T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20190403&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
  • date: 2019-04-04T00:00:00 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-2019-0342 title: T8-0342/2019 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 465 votes to 95 with 68 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas. Parliament’s position adopted at first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amends the Commission proposal as follows: Application of Union legislation to pipelines from third countries The overall objective of the proposed amendment to Directive 2009/73 / EC on gas is to ensure that the rules governing the EU’s internal gas market apply to gas transmission lines between a Member State and a third country, up to the territory or territorial waters of the Member State. In so doing, it establishes consistency of the legal framework within the Union while avoiding distortion of competition in the internal energy market in the Union and negative impacts on the security of supply. New infrastructure The proposed amendment to the Directive provides for the possibility of granting exemptions for existing pipelines provided that the exemption is not detrimental to competition in the relevant markets which are likely to be affected by investment, to the effective functioning of the internal market in natural gas, the efficient functioning of the regulated systems concerned, or to security of supply of natural gas in the Union. Before the adoption of the decision on the exemption, the national regulatory authority, shall consult: - the national regulatory authorities of the Member States the markets of which are likely to be affected by the new infrastructure; and - the relevant authorities of the third countries, where the infrastructure in question is connected with the Union network under the jurisdiction of a Member State, and originates from or ends in one or more third countries. Where the third-country authorities consulted do not respond to the consultation within a reasonable time frame or within a set deadline not exceeding three months, the national regulatory authority concerned may adopt the necessary decision. Technical agreements concerning the operation of transport pipelines Transmission system operators will be free to conclude technical agreements with transmission system operators or other entities in third countries on issues concerning the operation and interconnection of transmission systems, provided that the content of such agreements is compatible with Union law. Technical agreements regarding the operation of transmission lines between transmission system operators or other entities should remain in force provided that they comply with Union law and the relevant decisions of the national regulatory authority. Derogations for transmission lines to and from third countries In respect of gas transmission lines between a Member State and a third country completed before the date of entry into force of the amending Directive, the Member State where the first connection point of such a transmission line with a Member State's network is located may decide to derogate from certain provisions of the Directive for the sections of such gas transmission line located in its territory and territorial sea, for objective reasons such as to enable the recovery of the investment made or for reasons of security of supply. The derogation should not be prejudicial to competition, the efficient functioning of the internal market for natural gas or the security of supply in the Union and should be limited in time up to 20 years based on objective justification, renewable if justified and may be subject to conditions. Empowerment procedure Where a Member State intends to enter into negotiations with a third country in order to amend, extend, adapt, renew or conclude an agreement on the operation of a transmission line with a third country concerning matters falling, entirely or partly, within the scope of this Directive, it shall notify the Commission of its intention. The Commission shall authorise the Member State concerned to enter into formal negotiations with a third country for the part which may affect Union common rules unless it considers that the opening of such negotiations would: - be in conflict with Union law other than the incompatibilities arising from the allocation of competence between the Union and the Member States; - be detrimental to the functioning of the internal market in natural gas, competition or security of supply in a Member State or in the Union; - undermine the objectives of pending negotiations of intergovernmental agreements by the Union with a third country; - be discriminatory. Within 90 days of receipt of the, the Commission shall adopt a decision authorising or refusing to authorise a Member State to enter into negotiations in order to amend, extend, adapt, renew or conclude an agreement with a third country. In the event that the Commission refuses authorisation, it shall inform the Member State concerned accordingly and shall give the reasons therefor.
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  • date: 2019-05-03T00:00:00 type: Final act published in Official Journal summary: PURPOSE: to extend EU rules to pipelines to and from third countries. LEGISLATIVE ACT: Directive (EU) 2019/692 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/73/EC concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas. CONTENT: this Directive amends Gas Directive 2009/73/EC to ensure that the rules governing the EU’s internal gas market apply to gas transmission lines between a Member State and a third country, up to the territory or territorial waters of the Member State. Consistency of the legal framework within the Union In concrete terms, the amendments adopted aim to make it clear that the main principles of EU energy legislation (third party access to the network, pricing rules, ownership unbundling and transparency requirements) shall apply to all pipelines to and from third countries up to the border of the EU territory. This shall establish consistency of the legal framework within the Union while avoiding distortion of competition in the internal energy market in the Union and negative impacts on the security of supply. It shall also enhance transparency and provide legal certainty to market participants, in particular investors in gas infrastructure and system users, as regards the applicable legal regime. Derogations The Directive provides for the possibility of granting derogations for existing pipelines to and from third countries. These derogations shall be granted on a case-by-case basis, for a maximum period of 20 years, on the basis of objective justification, renewable if justified, provided that such derogations do not affect competition, the efficient functioning of the market or security of supply in the Union. Authorisation procedure As regards agreements or parts of agreements concluded with third countries which may have an impact on common Union rules, the Directive establishes a coherent and transparent procedure allowing the Commission to authorise a Member State, at its request, to enter negotiations in order to amend, adapt, renew or conclude an agreement with a third country concerning the operation of a transmission line with a third country concerning matters falling, entirely or partly, within the scope of this Directive. Technical agreements regarding the operation of transmission lines This Directive does not affect the freedom of transmission system operators or other economic operators to maintain in force or to conclude technical agreements on issues concerning the operation of transmission lines between a Member State and a third country, insofar as those agreements are compatible with Union law. ENTRY INTO FORCE: 23.5.2019. TRANSPOSITION: no later than 24.2.2020. docs: title: Directive 2019/692 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32019L0692 title: OJ L 117 03.05.2019, p. 0001 url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2019:117:TOC
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  • PURPOSE: to extend common rules for the internal market in natural gas to gas pipelines from third countries.

    PROPOSED ACT: Directive 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: an integrated gas market is the cornerstone of the Energy Union and a key priority of the European Commission. Directive 2009/73/EC (the Gas Directive) has made a significant contribution towards the creation of the internal market in natural gas. However, it does not explicitly set out a legal framework for gas pipelines to and from third countries.

    The current practice is to apply the fundamental principles of the gas regulatory framework in relation to third countries, in particular through international agreements on gas pipelines entering the European Union. The Commission therefore considered that legislative action is required in order to define and specify the regulatory framework applicable to all gas pipelines to and from third countries.

    The EU is to large extent dependent on gas imports from third countries and it is in the best interest of the EU and gas customers to have as much transparency and competitiveness also on pipelines from those countries. 

    The measures envisaged are intended to implement key objectives of the Energy Union, in particular as regards the dimension of energy security. They are part of an ongoing effort to ensure the integration and efficient functioning of the European gas markets.

    The proposal seeks to implement key objectives of the Energy Union, especially in the dimension of energy security. It is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the integration and effective operation of Europe’s gas markets.

    CONTENT: the proposal aims at complementing the Gas Directive (2009/73/EC) to render the rules currently applicable to EU-internal pipelines also applicable to pipelines to and from third countries.

    Specifically, the proposed amendments are intended to make clear that the key principles of EU energy law (third party access to the network, tariff regulation, ownership unbundling and transparency) will apply to all pipelines to and from third countries up to the border of EU jurisdiction.

    The proposal will also enable new pipelines to and from third countries to apply for an exemption from the above rules pursuant to Article 36 Gas Directive. As regards existing pipelines, which fall outside the scope of Article 36, Member States will be enabled to grant derogations from the application of the main provisions of the Directive, provided that the derogation would not be detrimental to competition, effective market functioning or the security of supply in the Union.

    In the absence of an international agreement, an exemption for new infrastructure or derogation for infrastructure already in operation, the pipeline may only be operated in line with the requirements of Directive 2009/73/EC within the borders of EU jurisdiction.

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