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About the European Energy Regulators   

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) was established in 2000 for the cooperation of the independent energy regulators of Europe. It seeks to facilitate the creation of a single, competitive, efficient and sustainable EU internal energy market.

CEER is closely linked to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and they share similar objectives. ACER is a formal EU Agency whereas CEER is a Belgian not-for-profit association set up by the regulators themselves.

The forerunner to ACER was the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG), a formal advisory group to the European Commisson and created by the Commission in 2003 (Decision 2003/796/EC). With ACER fully operational (since March 2011), ERGEG was dissolved (Commission Decision of 16 May 2011 repealing Decision 2003/796/EC) with effect from 1 July 2011. All past works relating to ERGEG activity (documents, reports, public consultations etc.) can be found on this website of the European Energy Regulators.

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CEER

is the “Council of European Energy Regulators”. It is the voice of Europe's national energy regulators at EU and international level. Through CEER,  the national regulators cooperate and exchange best practice. 

Objectives and Functions

The overall aim of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) is to facilitate the creation of a single, competitive, efficient and sustainable internal market for gas and electricity in Europe. The CEER acts as a platform for cooperation, information exchange and assistance between Europe's national energy regulators and is their interface at EU and international level. On EU issues, CEER works very closely with (and supports) the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), an EU Agency formed for the cooperation of energy regulators.

CEER also strives to share regulatory best practice worldwide through its membership in the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) which brings together similar associations from across the globe including NARUC (America), ERRA (Central/Eastern Europe) and MEDREG (the Mediterranean region).

Foundation

In March 2000, ten national energy regulatory authorities signed the "Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of the Council of European Energy Regulators". They had voluntarily formed CEER to facilitate cooperation in their common interests for the promotion of the internal electricity and gas market. In order to cope with a growing number of issues and to improve cooperation at the operational level, the regulators decided in 2003 to formally establish themselves as a not-for-profit association under Belgian law and to set up a small secretariat in Brussels. The Statutes (English version, Statutes amendment) were published in the annex of the Belgian State Gazette on October 21st, 2003. The CEER now has 32 members - the energy regulators from the 28 EU-Member States plus Iceland and Norway - as well as 2 observers - the energy regulators from Switzerland and FYROM.