About the Course

Level B: Specialised course

With the adoption of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package (CEP) in mid-2019, a new market design and a new set of governance rules were introduced, raising numerous challenges for National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in implementing this new framework. Subsequently, the European Commission (EC) adopted and published its plans under the umbrella of an ambitious and extensive “European Green Deal”, including and leading to various legislative proposals to deliver the decarbonisation of our energy systems, inter alia, the Fit for 55 package, the TEN-E Regulation revision, the EU Climate Pact and Climate Law, the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market  Package proposals, etc. Alongside these proposals, several strategies have also been issued by the EC – such as the Strategies on Hydrogen, on Offshore Renewable Energy, on Energy System Integration, the recent Solar Strategy, etc.

More recently, the new geopolitical and energy market realities have led to the EC issuing the “REPowerEU Plan” and a host of subsequent initiatives including the Council Regulation on coordinated demand reduction measures for gas. Current geopolitical events are requiring all concerned parties to drastically accelerate the clean energy transition and increase Europe's energy independence (from unreliable suppliers and volatile fossil fuels).

These new developments bring not only new opportunities but also new regulatory challenges that make an adequate assessment and review necessary.

This CEER Specialised Legal Training will provide participants with an update on a selection of the above-mentioned European Energy regulatory developments with the aim to examine the possible consequences for NRAs and their regulatory practice. The course also focuses on judicial and quasi-judicial reviews of administrative actions with an update on the European Court’s energy cases. 

Furthermore, some highly topical issues for NRAs will be presented and discussed, such as recent renewable energy developments (i.e. revision of the Renewable Energy Directive) and implementation challenges relating to evolving DSO tasks (demand response, EV, etc.).

Overall, this course offers an extensive overview for the legal staff of NRAs whose work focuses on the selected topical issues, while other staff members can gain valuable insight into the latest developments in EU energy legislation. 

All sessions will allow time for Q&As, discussions and exchanges with trainers and other participants.


Course Schedule

Week 1: Technical test for participants and literature review, reading materials, preparation of course work (if exercises and homework proposed by experts)

Live online session for participants: Wednesday, 12 October 2022 - 11.00-12:00 (CET)

Week 2: Hybrid Training

Day1:  Wednesday, 19 October 2022 – 09.00-15:10 (CET)

           16:00-17:00 (CET)  Live “Bonus session”: on-site visit to the European Parliament (only for onsite participants) 

Day2: Thursday, 20 October 2022 – 9.30 – 16.15 (CET)


Course Directors

Alexander Linov and Barbara Heremans, LAC Vice-chairs