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European Energy Market

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of levels of likely voluntary implementation by EU member states of the most recent EU liberalisation package in respect of the European energy market in advance of legislation coming into force in 2011. (284773)

We expect the latest EU energy liberalisation package to come into force shortly, with implementation of most aspects of it then to be completed within 18 months. Well functioning EU energy markets will make an important contribution to energy security and investment to support low carbon energy supplies. This is why we are encouraging other member states to implement early as much of the package as possible.

There has already been considerable progress on transparency and on setting up the new bodies for cooperation between regulators and system operators. Work is also under way on the technical and regulatory frameworks needed to underpin greater market integration.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the early voluntary implementation of the most recent EU liberalisation package in respect of the European energy market. (284774)

The EU liberalisation package was adopted on 25 June. Department officials are encouraging other member states to implement early as much of the package as possible, and I will reinforce this when I meet other EU energy Ministers in the course of business.