The Energy Community Regulatory Board (ECRB) is the independent regional body of energy regulators in the Energy Community and beyond. It is the coordination platform for exchange of knowledge and development of best practices for regulated electricity and gas markets in the Energy Community. Its activities are built on three pillars: providing coordinated regulatory positions to energy policy debates, harmonizing regulatory rules across borders and sharing regulatory knowledge and experience.
The Regulatory Board advises the Ministerial Council or the Permanent High Level Group on the details of statutory, technical and regulatory rules and issues recommendations on cross-border disputes involving two or more regulators, upon request of one of them.
Under the Third Energy Package, the Regulatory Board is to issue opinions on draft decisions of Contracting Parties´ national regulatory authorities on certification of national transmission system operators upon consultation by the Energy Community Secretariat.
The Regulatory Board is supported by the ECRB section of the Energy Community Secretariat seated in Vienna.
The ECRB is headed by a Board of high level representatives from the national energy regulatory agencies of the Energy Community Contracting Parties, Observers and Participants. The Board elects its President for a two-year term. The current president is Mr Giorgi Pangani, Commissioner at Georgian National Energy and Water Regulatory Commission. The European Union, represented by the European Commission, acts as Vice-President and is assisted by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
Its working structure consists of three working groups reflecting the key focus of the ECRB’s activities: electricity, gas and customer protection.
The 16th Energy Community Ministerial Council adopted a Decision to implement the Regulation on energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT) on 29 November 2018. This resulted in the ECRB Board's decision to create a new ECRB working group tasked to deal with regulatory responsibilities related to REMIT on 5 December 2018.
Energy Community Regulatory School
Established upon the Secretariat's initiative in late 2017, the Energy Community Regulatory School aims at supporting the technical knowledge of national energy regulatory authorities to effectively implement and efficiently apply the acquis – such as but not limited to gas and electricity network codes and guidelines or REMIT as well as resulting increasingly developing market activities.
Beyond the mere legal aspects, the Energy Community Regulatory School is dedicated to deliver practical insights and share experience made on EU level. Praxis oriented, interactive and in-depth discussions will be in the core of the training courses tailor made for the Contracting Parties’ regulators.