ENTSO-E is the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. ENTSO-E coordinates the cross-border system operations, system development and electricity market activities of the 42 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) which cover 35 countries. ENTSO-E is assigned important tasks by the EU legislation, including the development of Europe-wide electricity network development plans, and of more than 10 network codes which themselves become binding European laws.
The ENTSO-E Secretariat in Brussels is the focal point for technical, market and policy questions for all European TSOs in their cooperation with each other, in their joint fulfilment of their legal mandates, and in the intensive interactions with European Commission, regulatory agencies, associations representing network users and other stakeholders. The role of the TSOs and their cooperation in ENTSO-E is crucial to ensuring security of supply; completing the largest and most competitive electricity market in the world; and successfully integrating large volumes of renewable energy into the system. The scope and diversity of ENTSO-E’s work has grown rapidly and is expected to grow further with implementation of network codes and the current challenging energy policy discussions.
General position description
The successful applicant will work in the Legal Section of the ENTSO-E Secretariat which is led by ENTSO-E General Counsel. The Legal Section in conjunction with the Legal and Regulatory Group (so-called “LRG” and composed of lawyers from each TSO) provides legal support and expertise to ENTSO-E’s activities. These activities are organised across four Committees (System Development, System Operations, Market and Research, Development & Innovation). The successful candidate is expected to work on a full-time basis at ENTSO-E’s Brussels-based Secretariat. Limited travel may be required.
Responsibilities and tasks
The successful applicant will work in cooperation with the Legal and Regulatory Group and will focus his/her support to the ENTSO-E System Operation Committee and its project teams, under the guidance of the System Operation & Membership Legal Manager.
The following functions are foreseen initially:
providing legal support to the implementation, monitoring and amendment of the Network Codes and Guidelines, in particular the EU Regulations establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation (SOGL) and the related terms and conditions and methodologies;
providing legal support in the drafting, negotiation and implementation of multi-party agreements, bi-lateral agreements or memorandum of understandings in the context of ENTSO-E deliverables, this would include cooperation agreements, agreements on exchange of information, service level agreement, memorandum of understandings, etc.;
providing legal support for the interpretation and implementation of the Clean Energy Package, with focus on advising on the Regulation on the internal market for electricity;
conducting legal research on an ad-hoc basis, amongst others in the following areas: energy law, EU institutional law, EU external relations, competition law, contract law and organising the consolidation of these researches; and
contributing to the preparation of the meetings of the ENTSO-E Assembly, ENTSO-E Board and ENTSO-E Legal and Regulatory Group.
The above tasks include:
transversal involvement in the work of other Secretariat sections;
trustful and solid cooperation with the members of the Legal and Regulatory Group;
project management; and
participation in meetings with the European Commission and ACER.
Specific responsibilities may change over time.
University degree in Law with specialisation on European Law, including preferably specialisation in Energy Law
Excellent writing and presentation skills in English.
Proven ability to plan and organise, to manage multiple projects and to establish priorities.
Team player, result-oriented and able to work autonomously.
At least 3 years of relevant work experience in a law firm, TSO or electric utility. Experience in EU institutions or EU associations is an asset. The ideal candidate should have developed legal curiosity, innovative thinking skills and should be interested in technical matters.
The Secretariat is looking for either a secondment from a Member TSO (for which we can give advice to TSOs and candidates on financial and tax effects) or other qualified applicants not working for ENTSO-E members.