Posted on Nov 12, 2019
In view of the upcoming vote in European Council on November 15, in order to elect European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) Administrative Board, eight governmental candidates compete for three places. Countries like Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Sweden and Bulgaria want to have their say in the completion and well-functioning of the single EU energy market for electricity and natural gas, writes Razvan Hoinaru.
The European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators' overall mission, as stated in its founding regulation, is to complement and coordinate the work of national energy regulators at EU level, and to work towards the completion of the single EU energy market for electricity and natural gas, formulate network rules, monitor, and report.
Currently, ACER Board of Directors consists of 9 permanent members and 9 substitutes; out of which, five members and five substitutes are appointed by the EU Council and the rest by the European Parliament and Commission. The mandate of three permanent members (Edmund Hosker-UK, Martin Hansen-DK and Michel Thiolliere-FR) and the two substitutes (Lubomir Kuchta-SK and Georgios Shammas-CY) expires on January 27, 2020, Therefore, the EU Council has to select other members.
The situation gets interesting as many South-Eastern European countries nominated candidates, making competition harder, gaming in sophisticated political strategies to win the votes of countries that did not appoint candidates, like Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, etc.
The Romanian candidate is by far the most noteworthy person. Bogdan Chiritoiu, PhD is the Chairman of the Romanian Competition Council, a career which surprisingly adds-in to the core of the energy policy. As described in his personal statement, he has a deep understanding of the energy market design deriving from different tools of market intervention e.g. competition policy enforcement and regulatory advice.
Since 2009, Dr. Chiritoiu dedicated his professional career towards fostering competitive and integrated markets. He strongly believes that his contribution to the work of ACER will benefit the organization and the functioning of the energy market.
Mihai Paun, Vice-Chairman of the Romanian Energy Centre (CRE), with headquarters in Brussels, declared that : “The functioning of the electricity and gas markets are essential for the EU’s future. Romania is not far away from reaching energy independence and is a strong regional partner. Therefore, Romania is a country that puts forward a success model and hopefully a successful candidate which CRE supports very much”.
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