European Stakeholder Committees
All meeting documents of the European Stakeholder Committees are publicly accessible.
Since 2011, considerable effort has been devoted to the development of the Network Codes. The involvement of stakeholders such as consumer organisations, generators, suppliers and many others from across the European electricity sector has in particular been key to the successful adoption of an efficient set of Network Codes.
The drafting and approval of NCs is however just the start. The NCs have been designed to help realise Europe’s triple energy policy objective of developing a reliable, sustainable and competitive electricity sector. For this to happen, they need to be implemented and complied with across Europe.
This represents an important challenge for the sector with each NC requiring a series of steps to be taken, before being considered as fully implemented. This process will include amongst other things:
- cross-national and national decisions,
- the conclusion of regional agreements,
- the creation of European-level common detailed methodologies and their actual (coordinated) application.
All market participants, grid users, DSOs, Nominated Electricity Market Operators (NEMOs), Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) will be involved in the extensive required development work and consultation.
Effective stakeholder engagement is essential to the overall success of the overall objectives. In practice, this involves efficient and intensive sharing of views and information by all interested parties throughout the process as a whole.
The European Network Codes Stakeholder Committees, chaired by ACER, will insure that throughout the implementation program, stakeholders are kept abreast of developments and provided with a forum to express their views and feedback.
About the committees
ACER and ENTSO-E have co-organised three European Stakeholder Committees (ESCs), one per family of codes (Market codes, Operational codes and Connection codes). These Committees aim to complement, and not to replace, the legal obligations of stakeholder consultation and information included in the NCs during the implementation period.
Following the entry into force of the first market Network Code in August 2015, the Market Stakeholder Committee was the first one to be formally established. The Grid Connection Stakeholder Committee was launched in 2016, and the System Operations Stakeholder Committee in 2017.
In order to establish an efficient structure, which delivers on all stakeholders expectations, ACER and ENTSO-E organised a public consultation in 2015. Over 30 stakeholder organisations responded to the consultation. Subsequently, ACER and ENTSO-E jointly proposed a set of rules for the stakeholder committees, which were approved by stakeholders themselves on their first meeting.
The main objectives of the ESCs are:
- To contribute to monitoring progress in the NCs implementation process – as well as the operation and functioning of the processes and arrangements established according to the NCs – at local, regional and pan-European level as an overarching structure of all network codes;
- To serve as a platform to share general views on the NC implementation, with a particular focus to enable stakeholders to express their views and receive feedback;
- To contribute to a more informed decision-making process for the methodologies and rules still to be developed for the implementation of the NCs.
Market Stakeholder Committee
A call for expression of interest to participate in the Market European Network Codes Stakeholder Committee was issued by ACER and ENTSO-E in June 2015.
Terms of Reference
You can find the terms of reference of the market European stakeholder committee below.
All meeting documents (agenda, minutes, reports, and presentations) will be available for download on this page prior to each meeting.
- 9 March Online 2 March 2 March
- 1 June Online 25 May 25 May
- 14 September Online 7 September 7 September
- 7 December Online 1 December 1 December
Balancing Stakeholders Group
This is a sub group of the Market Stakeholder Committee.
Terms of Reference
You can find the terms of reference of the BSG below.
- Counter Activations - aFFR - PICASSO memo
- Counter Activations - slides
- Euroelectric Presentation
- EFET Presentation
- Design algorithm principles for mFRR – N-SIDE final report
- Design algorithm principles for mFRR – N-SIDE Clarifying questions
- Request for Amendment on the Imbalance Netting Implementation Framework (ERF)
- Request for Amendment on the Imbalance Netting Implementation Framework (slides)
- Shadow opinion on the Pricing Proposal (slides)
- Shadow opinion on the Activation Purposes Proposal (slides)
- Europex presentation
- aFRR Full Activation Time
- Minutes of 9th BSG
- Imbalance Settlement Harmonisation workflow
- Imbalance Settlement Harmonisation – survey results
- Imbalance Settlement Harmonisation – survey results – addendum
- Imbalance Netting
- Replacement Reserves - TERRE
- mFRR - MARI
- aFRR - PICASSO
- EFET presentation
- Imbalance Netting - proposal on implementation framework
- EGBL High Level Engagement Plan
- GLEB Implementation planning
- Roadmap on French electricity balancing
- Minutes from 7th Stakeholder Group meeting
- Proposal for standard products
- Electricity balancing guideline high level implementation plan
- Activation Purposes
- Electricity balancing guideline timeline
- Questions towards stakeholders - standard products
- TERRE Presentation
- Electricity Balancing - High Level Implementation Plan
- Minutes from 3rd Balancing Stakeholder Group meeting
- CBA ISP
- Pilot Projects update
- Coordinated Balacing Areas Scenarios
- XB capacity reservation
- ID and Balancing GCT
- Proposal for mFRR and RR Standard Products – supporting document
- EURELECTRIC’s discussion input on the mFRR/RR report
- EURELECTRIC’s discussion input on the aFRR study
- First proposal for discussion on the list of Activation Purposes
- ACER path towards the balancing market integration
- Study assessment of aFRR products - Initial results for Stakeholder workshop 27 November 2015
- Standard products: October 2015 survey results, proposals
- EXPLORE Status Update
- Implementation & Planning SG: CoBA Proposals – Scenarios
- Impact of merit order activation of automatic Frequency Restoration Reserves and harmonised Full Activation times
Grid Connection Stakeholder Committee
The Grid Connection ESC is the second of three ESCs ensuring effective engagement of stakeholders in the implementation process of the Network Codes and Guidelines. The Grid Connection ESC will ensure that stakeholders are kept up-to-date on developments and provided with a platform to express their views and feedback on Network Code implementation.
A call for expression of interest to participate in the Grid Connection European Stakeholder Committee was issued by ACER and ENTSO-E on 22 January 2016.
The Grid Connection ESC will be composed of representatives of the following associations:
Terms of Reference
You can find the terms of reference of the GC ESC below.
All meeting documents (agenda, minutes, reports, and presentations) will be available for download on this page ideally two weeks, and at least 5 working days, prior to the next GC ESC meeting.
- 2 March Online 1 March 1 March
- 15 June Online 12 June 12 June
- 21 September Online 16 September 16 September
- 30 November Online 27 November 27 November
System Operations Stakeholder Committee
The System Operation ESC (SO ESC) is the third ESC set up with the aim to ensure effective engagement of stakeholders in the implementation process of the Network Codes and Guidelines. The SO ESC will ensure that stakeholders are kept up-to-date on developments and provided with a platform to express their views and feedback on Network Code implementation.
A call for expression of interest to participate in the System Operation European Stakeholder Committee was issued by ACER and ENTSO-E on 12 January 2017.
Terms of Reference
You can find the terms of reference of the System Operations ESC below.
- 3 March Online 1 March 1 March
- 14 June Online 9 June 9 June
- 22 September Online 16 September 16 September
- 1 December Online 24 November 24 November
Network Code Implementation and Monitoring Group
The Network Code Implementation and Monitoring Group (NC IMG) is a forum for high level strategic coordination between the European Commission, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), and the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG).
The NC IMG oversees the implementation and implementation monitoring of electricity network codes and gas network codes in the EU. Network codes and guidelines are rules to harmonise technical, operational and market rules governing the EU’s electricity grids and gas networks, making an integrated EU internal energy market possible.
NC IMG reference paper with objectives and practical arrangements
Information on implementation and implementation monitoring
The Gas Network Codes Functionality Platform (FUNC) is a platform, managed by ACER and ENTSOG with the Commission’s support, where stakeholders can report cross-border, regional and European issues related to the implementation of gas network codes and guidelines. In this way ACER and ENTSOG aim to find solutions to the cross-border, regional and European issues identified.
ACER and ENTSO-E co-organise three European Stakeholder Committees (ESCs), one for each family of electricity codes (market codes, operational codes, and connection codes). They complement rather than replace legal obligations to consult and inform stakeholders during the implementation of electricity network codes. Documents relating to their meetings are available here.
A database for stakeholders that tracks all queries about electricity network codes can be accessed here.
Terms of reference
You can find the terms of reference of the Network Code Implementation and Monitoring Group below.
The Network Code Implementation and Monitoring Group (NC IMG) meets at least twice a year to oversee the implementation and implementation monitoring of electricity network codes and gas network codes in the EU.
8th meeting - 19 November 2019, Brussels
7th Meeting - 12 July 2019
6th meeting - 5 April 2019, Brussels
- Informal guidance for the preparatory phases of the network code and guidelines amendment process
5th meeting - 2 July 2018, Brussels
4th meeting - 8 March 2018, Brussels
- 29 November 2017, Brussels
The European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E), supported by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the European Commission, maintains this Issue Logger to enhance public access to and exchange of information regarding the implementation of Network Codes and Guidelines approved in line with Regulation (EC) No 714/2009