Integration of Energy Markets in the European Union – History, Politics and Economics of Forming the Internal Market for Energy

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prepared for the SYNERGY Programme of the European Commission, Project ‘Institutional Co-operation with MERCOSUR’ (Executive Summary), December 1999 (English version)

Author: Aad Correljé, Christoph Riechmann and Wolfgang F. Lutz

As part of the SYNERGY project “Institutional Co-operation with MERCOSUR”, AES was responsible for the preparation of the report “Integration of Energy Markets in the European Union – History, Politics and Economics of Forming the Internal Market for Energy” (December 1999). The report analyses the various stages of energy market integration in the EU, emphasising the role of public and private actors, including the European institutions. Major issues addressed in the study include:

  • International trade in energy in the context of economic integration and the evolution of the internal market in Europe;
  • European energy integration in the monopolistic environment pre–1988;
  • EU-legislation supportive to energy market integration, 1988 – 1998;
  • Energy market integration by liberalisation, following the “Electricity Directive” of 1996 and the “Gas Directive” of 1998;
  • Energy market integration, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability;
  • European experiences of particular relevance for the energy integration process in the MERCOSUR.

For copies of the full report (in English) and information on the SYNERGY project “Institutional Co-operation with MERCOSUR”, please contact info@energy-strategies.org or francois.casana@cec.eu.int (SYNERGY Programme).

The report was prepared under a contract between the European Commission, DG Transport & Energy and NIFES Consulting Group, United Kingdom. The authors are: Aad Correljé, Energy Policy Analysis and Advice, Krommenie, The Netherlands; Christoph Riechmann, Institute for Energy Economics of the University of Cologne, Germany, and Wolfgang Lutz, Energy-Strategies, The Netherlands. Translation: Virginia Ferreiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.