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.
In 2014, 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. Important priority areas in 2014 include customer rights, fostering competitive markets, maintaining and strengthening our dialogue with regulators around the world, through which CEER aims to identify and exchange good international practices, and identify critical issues which may soon face the energy sector. In addition, in 2014 CEER wants to pursue one ‘horizon’ issue which we believe will have significant impact on the regulation of the energy sector in the years to come: the future role of Distribution System Operators (DSOs).
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 Strategy Group (ISG)
Distribution System Operators (DSO 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 2014 Work Programme.