The Council is a member of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). ACER was established in 2011 in accordance with one of the documents of the Third Energy Package – 13th of July 2009 Regulation (EC) No. 713/2009, which has been replaced by the Clean Energy Package (CEP), i. e. the Regulation (EU) 2019/942. The purpose of ACER is to assist the regulatory authorities in exercising, at EU level, the regulatory tasks performed in the Member States and, where necessary, to coordinate their action and to mediate and settle disagreements between them. ACER is working to ensure the proper functioning of the single European gas and electricity market. ACER also contributes to the establishment of high-quality common regulatory and supervisory practices, thus contributing to the consistent, efficient and effective application of EU law in order to achieve the EU's climate and energy goals. As an independent European structure which fosters cooperation among European energy regulators, ACER ensures that market integration and the harmonisation of regulatory frameworks are achieved within the framework of the EU's energy policy objectives.
ACER aims to create:
· A more competitive, integrated market which offers consumers more choice;
· An efficient energy infrastructure guaranteeing the free movement of energy across borders and the transportation of new energy sources, thus enhancing security of supply for EU businesses and consumers;
· A monitored and transparent energy market guaranteeing consumers fair, cost-reflective prices and the deterrence of abusive practices.
ACER is thus a central institution in the creation of a Single Energy Market to the benefit of all EU consumers.
One of the most important tasks for ACER is to participate in preparation of the network codes and to monitor the implementation of network codes already approved.
The Council regularly participates in the following working groups of ACER: Electricity, Gas, Retail Working groups, REMIT Committee and forms a position and participates in the decisions of the Board of Regulators.
ACER, in close cooperation with the national regulatory authorities, monitors abuses of wholesale energy markets (this function was undertaken in 2012 in accordance with the Regulation (EU) No. 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT), and ensures the implementation of the provisions of the Regulation (EU) No. 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure.