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About liberalization and deregulation in Prague. 10 years of the Czech Regulator

Marek Woszczyk, President of the Energy Regulatory Office, took part in the Jubilee Celebrations of the Czech regulatory authority.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Czech Energy Regulatory Office (ERÚ), representatives of the European regulatory authorities, regulatory organizations and energy sector associations attended the conference devoted to the contemporary trends in the EU regulatory policy.

On 21 June 2011 at the Karol Lichtenstein Palace in Prague, participants discussed the impact of liberalization and deregulation processes, the 3rd energy package, EU internal energy market - coming into existence - and Regional Initiatives.

Mr. Martin Kocourek, Minister of Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, open the conference and spoke about the importance of liberalization and deregulation for the Czech economy.

Mr. Josef Fiřt - Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Office of the Czech Republic - highlighted the most important aspects of the Czech Energy Regulatory Office ten-year history.

Mr. Marek Woszczyk underlined European regulatory authorities’ role in the liberalization and deregulation of the European energy markets and presented main trends in that process.

Mr. Woszczyk participated in the conference not only as a President of the Polish Energy Regulatory Office (ERO), but also as the CEER’s representative. On 1 February 2011, Mr. Marek Woszczyk, as the first Pole, was elected Vice President of CEER Board of Directors.

In his address, Mr. Woszczyk stressed the idea of the increased competences of the energy regulatory authorities as a result of the implementation of the 3rd energy package. At the same time, ERO President underlined the responsibility of the regulators for the energy market liberalization, deregulation, as well as their role in liberalization and shaping the EU internal energy market. According to the European Commission recommendations this process is to be completed by 2014.

In the opinion of Mr. Marek Woszczyk, the 3rd of energy package is a key to understand the new role of regulatory institutions in EU. Strong and independent position of regulatory authorities would provide them with the impartiality and transparency in performing current and new regulatory tasks: from promotion of the competition, through the implementation of ‘unbundling’, to monitoring the market of the energy and supervising implementation of Network Codes.

Polish Regulator emphasized the significance of the ACER - EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators - especially its role to strengthen the liberalization process of the common European energy market.

Mr. Woszczyk also addressed issues such as: the EU ‘Energy 2020’ - a strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy, Energy infrastructure priorities for 2020 and beyond, the EC REMIT regulation on energy market integrity and transparency. Finally, the ERO President analyzed the role of the Regional Initiatives for the development of the internal market.

The highlight of the Jubilee was a panel discussion on the key milestones of the energy market liberalization and regulation in Czech and Europe. The participants included energy policy experts, among them Vice-chairman of the ERU, Mr. Blahoslav Němeček, discussed issues of market liberalization, role of the regulatory office and the 3rd Energy package.

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Energetický regulační úřad (ERÚ) of the Czech Republic was established on 1 January 2001, arose in accordance by Act No. 458/2000 of 28 November 2000, as an administrative authority for regulation in the energy sector. The Chairman, appointed by the Government for five years, manages the ERÚ. Since 1 September 2004 Mr. Josef Fiřt has been the ERÚ Chairman. Mr. Josef Fiřt born 1948, graduated from Czech Technical University in Prague and Charles University in Prague.
 

27.06.2011

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