The European Commission publishes results of its sector inquiry into gas and electricity addressing the issue of effective unbundling of energy transmission networks

"Effective unbundling of energy transmission networks: lessons from the Energy Sector Inquiry"*I. Introduction During the late 1990s, the European Union decided to fundamentally change the basis for the provision of electricity and gas from a monopolistic to a competitive market framework. This objective was introduced via the first electricity and gas Directives [1], which removed the legal monopolies and partially opened the market to competition by allowing large users to choose their suppliers. Already at that early stage, the Community legislator identified the risk that vertically integrated incumbents could use their monopolies over the transmission networks in order to stifle the emergence of competition in the supply business. Rules were established to mitigate that risk,

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Philip Lowe, Patrick Lindberg, Ingrida Pucinskaite-Kubik, William Webster, The European Commission publishes results of its sector inquiry into gas and electricity addressing the issue of effective unbundling of energy transmission networks, 10 January 2007, e-Competitions January 2007, Art. N° 36533

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