Ireland called upon to comply with EU electricity internal market rules



Internal energy market: Ireland called upon to comply with EU electricity internal market rules


The EU Commission last week sent an additional reasoned opinion to Ireland urging it again to fully transpose the Electricity Directive of the third energy package. This Directive should have been fully transposed by the Member States already by 3rd March 2011. It contains key provisions for a proper functioning of the electricity markets, such as new rules on unbundling of networks, rules strengthening the independence and powers of national regulators and rules on the improvement of the functioning of retail markets to the benefit of consumers. The additional reasoned opinion sent now complements the reasoned opinion that was already sent to Ireland in June 2012 and clarifies the Commission's views with regard to the transposition of the unbundling provisions in the Electricity Directive. If Ireland does not comply with its legal obligation within two months, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice.

In autumn 2011 the Commission launched infringement proceedings against 19 Member States for non-transposition of the Third Package Electricity and Gas Directives. In 2012 and early 2013 reasoned opinions were sent to 16 Member States who still had not completed the transposition. At the end of 2012 and in the beginning of  2013 a number of Member States were referred to Court. These were Poland, Slovenia, Finland, Bulgaria, Estonia, the UK and Romania. The Commission is still examining the situation in the few remaining Member States who had received reasoned opinions to verify if they have fully transposed the Directives.