Legal basis

The provisions related to the Framework Guidelines and Network Codes are embedded in Regulations (EC) No 713/2009 and (EC) No 715/2009.  Articles 6(3) (a) and (4) of Regulation (EC) No 713/2009 as well as Articles 6 and 8(1), (2) and (7) of Regulation (EC) No 715/2009, provide the procedure applicable for the adoption of the Framework Guidelines and the Network Codes.

The areas for which Framework Guidelines and Network Codes are to be adopted are listed by Article 8(6) of Regulation (EC) No 715/2009. Those areas are namely:

(a) network security and reliability rules;

(b) network connection rules;

(c) third-party access rules;

(d) data exchange and settlement rules;

(e) interoperability rules;

(f) operational procedures in an emergency;

(g) capacity allocation and congestion management rules;

(h) rules for trading related to technical and operational provision of network access services and system balancing;

(i) transparency rules;

(j) balancing rules;

(k) rules regarding harmonised transmission tariff structures; and

(l) energy efficiency regarding gas networks.