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Policy & Regulation

EU-Belgium litigation highlights issue of regulator independence

The European Commission’s decision to take court action against the Belgian government illustrates that lack of independence is an ongoing issue for national regulators across Europe The European Commission’s decision to take court action against the Belgian government illustrates that lack of independence is an ongoing issue for national regulators across Europe.
By Andreas Walstad 1 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 34453
A CCGT power station in Antwerp. (Electrabel)

The European Commission has referred the Belgian government to the EU Court of Justice over its alleged failure to hand more power to its national gas and power regulator, the CREG, the commission announced last week. Belgium is reported to be at odds with EU gas and electricity directives under the Third Energy Package, which call for stronger powers for national regulators that should be independent of government and business interests.

In the case of Belgium, the commission is particularly concerned that the CREG has not...