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The network codes

All set for an integrated European market in 2014

Aerial tag indicating the presence of a transmission line of high pressure natural gas

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;
    • tariffs;
    • 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.