A primary objective of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) is to facilitate the creation of an EU-Internal Energy Market to the benefit of its businesses and citizens. Europe's national regulators of electricity and gas cooperate and share best practice not only with each other but also with fellow regulators outside of Europe, including on issues such as climate change and affordability.
The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), established following the entry into force of the 3rd Package on 3 September 2009, has been assigned a series of tasks and responsibilities in relation to Europe’s electricity and gas markets. Being fully operational from 3 March 2011, ACER provides the regulatory framework necessary to establish an integrated European grid in electricity and gas in the interest of Europe’s consumers. CEER undertakes work which is complementary to (and not overlapping with) ACER's work.
CEER will continue to concentrate on enhancing the capability of EU NRAs to fulfil effectively their individual European responsibilities for achieving a competitive, sustainable and secure energy market in Europe. CEER will continue to engage fully with policy makers to help in the development of a sound and sustainable single European energy market. CEER will enhance collaboration between member NRAs to share experiences, and to identify good regulatory practices. In 2016, CEER will develop further the internal services it provides for its members, particularly in relation to the provision of training.
CEER’s priorities for 2016 will continue to emphasise the increasing role that customers will play in the development of energy markets. In this context, we will examine the changing role of DSOs, the development of new services offered to consumers, key issues in valuing flexibility and demand response and the encouragement of consumer and retail market competition. CEER will monitor the developments concerning security of supply and respond to any development. We will also continue to develop our international relations with regulators across Europe and globally.
The following Working Groups prepare the CEER deliverables:
Electricity Working Group (EWG)
Gas Working Group (GWG)
Customers and Retail Markets Working Group (CRM WG)
Implementation, Benchmarking and Monitoring Working Group (IBM WG)
Market Integrity and Transparency Working Group (MIT WG)
International Coordination Group (ICG)
Distribution Systems (DS WG)
These groups are composed of technical experts from the national regulatory authorities and are supported by task forces and the Brussels-based Secretariat (see Organisational Structure). A detailed explanation of their tasks and "deliverables" can be found in the CEER 2016 Work Programme.