European network codes will introduce uniformity in the operating rules for the gas market in Europe
- The European Commission plans to complete the implementation of the main rules underlying the creation of a single gas market in 2014. To this end, common rules will govern the management of transmission infrastructures in all cross-border areas.
- Among network codes some of them have been already implemented, others are being prepared or in the process of finalisation. They particularly concern:
- the reservation and allocation of transmission capacities at interconnections;
- arrangements concerning balancing;
- the interoperability of networks.
Expanding infrastructures: a European priority
- Investing in gas infrastructures to achieve improved interconnection between national markets is essential for the construction of an effective single market. It is network managers' responsibility to establish 10-year development plans in accordance with the changes in major trends on the market.
- To facilitate gas circulation in the event of a crisis, European regulation on the security of gas supply has required the implementation of flows in both directions at each interconnection point since October 2010.
- The European Commission have adopted Special measures to promote priority investments for the security of supply and achieving the "3 X 20" objectives.In this context, the European transmission network is becoming even more strategic.