By Claire Dupont, Sebastian Oberthür (eds.)

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Energy regulatory measures prior to 2009 envisioned legal, functional and accounting unbundling for transmission system operators and distribution system operators. However, the sector inquiry launched in 2005 and the country reviews conducted by the Commission in 2006 showed that these measures were insufficient for removing the conflict of interests arising from vertical integration. Market distortions and barriers to free competition were still evident (European Commission, 2007b; 2007c). The results from the energy sector inquiry in 2007 exposed the high concentration of electricity markets at the wholesale level and vertical foreclosure.

It also is partly integrated into the EU regulatory framework through the European Economic Area. Nevertheless, the authors argue that engaging Norway in decarbonization comes up Claire Dupont and Sebastian Oberthür 21 against the country’s fossil-fuel interests (oil and gas) that are likely to remain strong for the foreseeable future. They consider three scenarios for the future development of EU–Norway relations including one in which the EU does realize its decarbonization aspiration bolstered by strong international climate cooperation.

ACER’s main task is to monitor and improve cross-border regulatory harmonization in the gas and electricity sectors. EU energy regulation is further strengthened by the 2009 Electricity and Gas regulations (Regulation (EC) No 714/2009; Regulation (EC) No 714/2009). These contain provisions for harmonizing rules for cross-border exchanges in electricity and gas and for the establishment of a new framework for cooperation of transmission system operators at EU level, namely Radostina Primova 31 a European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) (Dupont & Primova, 2011).

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