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).
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 21 October 2003. CEER now has 29 members - the energy regulators from 27 EU-Member States (excluding Slovakia) plus Iceland and Norway - as well as 6 observers - the energy regulators from Switzerland, Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina.