International Co-operation

Sep 7, 2018


In order to fully succeed in the environment in which the European single energy market is being created, capable of flexibly promoting its relevant national interests and comparative advantages of the Czech energy sector, the Energy Regulatory Office is actively involved in relations with the European institutions while pursuing a broad-ranging cooperation with CEER (Council of European Energy Regulators, a not-for-profit association) and with other regulatory authorities. The ERO is also involved in regional initiatives activities.

In Brussels, ERO's main contact is the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER). In connection with its mission in consumer protection issues, the ERO also maintains active contacts with the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) and, when needed, with other DGs: e.g. competition (DG COMP), (DG CNECT) for communication networks etc.

The Energy Regulatory Office also maintains contacts with other European institutions, such as bodies of the European Council and of the European Parliament, as part of drafting of EU's secondary energy legislation. These contacts were mostly important during the drafting of the Third (or liberalisation) Energy Package in the energy working group and its final approval by the relevant bodies of the European Council and of the European Parliament, which took place between 2007 and 2009. In that period, the ERO accepted national responsibility for debates regarding amended regulations on network access for cross-border electricity trade and access to gas transmission systems, and also regarding negotiations of the regulation establishing the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, ACER.

The Energy Regulatory Office is a member of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER), a not-for-profit association bringing together European energy regulatory authorities. The ERO is active in all CEER activities in order to create adequate conditions for improving the functioning of electricity and gas markets, aiming at a single European market in both electricity and gas. This cooperation consists in active participation in meetings of various working groups and task forces (electricity, gas, ownership unbundling, customers, financial services etc.), which are addressing issues such as market transparency and competitiveness, cross-border interconnections, customer protection, security of supply and sustainable development, the preparation of joint approaches to the implementation of new European energy legislation. Since March 2011,  the Energy Regulatory Office is  involved in the activities of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators – ACER,  and in its working bodies. ACER's key mission is the coordination of national regulators and market participants' steps in creating the single market, and the related preparation of common operating and commercial rules and codes.

The ERO became a full member of the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) in October 2018. The  is an inter-institutional non-profit organization unified by the shared goal of its regulatory members – from Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, North and South America – to improve energy regulation. ERRA fosters and facilitates exchange of data, information and experience among its members, in order to support strengthening and improving regulatory framework around the world and to promote opportunities for capacity building through its training courses, webinars, workshops and networking through the annual Energy Investment and Regulation Conference. ERRA has played a vital role in accelerating energy reform and market development in Europe and Eurasia, and its story, from the establishment to the present day, offers important lessons on how to support progress toward self-reliance in energy regulation. The ERRA website gives access to all important information on the Association: member regulators, training programs and podcasts, online tariff database, numerous issue papers and analytical documents of the ERRA committees and working group, and other useful resources of international organizations engaged in the energy sector worldwide through the online library. ERRA capacity building activities are open to both regulators and non-regulators.

Simultaneously with fostering its multilateral relationships, the Energy Regulatory Office also pays special attention to stronger regional cooperation and bilateral contacts. (Regulators in the EU countries) Upon  ERO's initiative, the Visegrád 4 countries' energy regulators have set up a permanent functional platform. Its key objective is to promote cooperation between regulators in the Visegrád region with a view to protect customers on all levels, and also to increase the transparency of the regulatory environment. In this framework, consultations are taking place at the level of regulatory authorities' managements and between experts and specialists on an ongoing basis. Among its outcomes are a number of comparative studies and proposals for approaches; these have supported an efficient harmonisation of steps in promoting common interests at European level, primarily to achieve genuine progress in boosting market liquidity and ensuring the entry of active traders on the market, thereby putting in place a competitive environment within the regional framework as a prerequisite for the existence of a single EU wholesale energy market.

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